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article imageVideo: LA police car chase on live TV ends with fatal shooting

By JohnThomas Didymus     Nov 10, 2012 in Crime
Lancaster - Soon after Fox News aired a car chase on live TV that ended in a graphic suicide scene, a TV station in LA has shown another live car chase without the precaution of tape delay.The chase ended with sheriff's deputies shooting the suspect dead on live TV.
WARNING: The video above includes graphic footage of the shooting.
The incident involved Los Angeles County Sheriff's patrol cars trailing a bank robbery suspect in a Chevrolet SUV on Friday. The chase was broadcast live by KCAL-TV. The Daily Mail reports the man held up a Saugus Bank of America shortly after 9 a.m.
Deputies opened fire on the car and killed the man in the full view of TV cameras filming the car chase live. According to The Huffington Post, the police cornered the bank robbery suspect on a cul-de-sac in a northern Los Angeles County and opened fire after he appeared to fire a shot from his car.
Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said the chase began after they received report that a gunman held up a Bank of America branch at about 9:15 Santa Clarita, about 35 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
CBS Los Angeles reports the pursuit ensued on the northbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway of the Mojave Desert and ended in Lancaster near 10th Street West and West Avenue H4 after the suspect exited the highway. He exited after his tire ran over a freeway spike strip and was forced to stop when he was cornered in a dead-end street.
Sherriff's patrol officers ordered the man out of his car at gun point. He got out and stood by the driver's door but ignored repeated orders to show his hands. Then he got back into the car and closed the door. It appears he fired a shot at the deputies who returned fire, shot and killed him.
Sheriff's Capt Mike Parker, said: "They didn't fire until the suspect came at them."
According to The Huffington Post, the man died at the scene at around 10:15. The shooting was captured on live TV by news helicopters hovering overhead and aired live on local television.
Police say they are investigating the shooting. CBS Los Angeles reports the man was identified as Steven Bowman of Agua Dulce. Police reportedly found dozens of guns, rifles and ammo in his home. CBS Los Angeles reports officials said Bowman had recently filed for bankruptcy and lost his wife a year ago.
The Daily Mail reports the incident comes soon after Fox News showed a suspect shooting himself in the head during a live TV coverage of a police car chase on Shepard Smith's show, September 28.
Digital Journal reports that Fox was supposed to have a five seconds delay to avoid showing an incident inappropriate for a public audience but the broadcast was unable to cut out before the man committed suicide.
Fox management offered apology to viewers. The Daily Mail reports Smith, said:
"While we were taking that car chase and showing it to you live, when the guy pulled over and got out of the vehicle, we went on delay, so that we would see what happened five seconds before you did, so that if anything went horribly wrong, we’d be able to cut away from it without subjecting you to it."
Digital Journal reports he added:
"We really messed up. We're all very sorry. That didn't belong on TV. We took every precaution we knew how to take to keep that from being on TV. I personally apologize to you that happened. That will not happen again on my watch, and I am sorry."
Gawker notes that unlike Fox News, the LA TV station that aired the car chase offered no apologies to viewers. Gawker comments the station failed to offer an apology probably because "that's what they were hoping would happen anyway, right?"
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