July 23, 2024
Officers were originally called to a parking lot near Gaffey Street and Capitol Drive on a report of a child-custody dispute.

A woman was arrested in San Pedro after intentionally hitting a pedestrian in a Target parking lot, then leading police on a pursuit that ended with a crash near Point Fermin Park on Sunday night, Oct. 1, according to authorities.

The vehicle was a U-Haul pickup truck.

After hitting the pedestrian, the woman drove toward a Los Angeles police officer, prompting the officer to fire at least one shot but no one was hit, said Officer Melissa Podany, a Los Angeles police spokeswoman.

The events began in the area of North Gaffey Street and West Capitol Drive in the parking lot at about 9:20 p.m., Podany said.

Police responded to a report of a child-custody dispute and arrived to find everyone involved, Podany said. At one point, the woman entered the pickup and “intentionally struck a pedestrian and left the scene,” she said.

Officers pursued her until the woman hit a tree near the park, Podany said. She was arrested without further incident.

Afterward, officers examined the U-Haul pickup truck, which had ended up against a tree. In the parking lot, yellow tape was strung about and there was a single evidence marker where the events began.

The pedestrian’s condition was not known.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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