Catalytic converter theft suspect run over and killed

PALMDALE, Calif. — A person trying to steal a catalytic converter from a parked SUV in Southern California was operate around and killed when the vehicle’s sleeping driver woke up and started out to drive away, authorities claimed.

The death transpired Tuesday evening in a retail parking good deal in Palmdale, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department mentioned in a statement.

Arriving deputies found a Ford Tour partly backed out of a parking stall, a gentleman lying on the ground and a scaled-down automobile in the upcoming parking stall.

The section reported the Excursion driver was asleep when the lesser car or truck pulled up and a person of the 4 people today inside acquired out and began sawing the catalytic converter off the Ford.

“The target woke up from the seem, turned the automobile on, put the vehicle in reverse, and felt a bump like she ran anything more than,” the division reported. “She stopped instantly, leaving the suspect on the ground right after operating him above.”

The driver then identified as 911 to get health care assistance for the suspect.

The suspect was pronounced lifeless at a medical center. The other 3 persons in the smaller sized automobile ended up detained. No names have been introduced.

Palmdale is in the large desert Antelope Valley north of Los Angeles.