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Sergio Alexander Navas, 36

Sergio Alexander Navas (2015-03-05)

Sergio Alexander Navas, a 36-year-old Latino, died March 5 after being shot by police in Burbank, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Navas, of North Hollywood, led police on a chase and, while behind the wheel of a stolen car, was shot by an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department before 2 a.m., police said.

Two LAPD officers were on patrol in a marked SUV and noticed the driver of a gold Mercury Sable with temporary paper license plates driving erratically on Magnolia Boulevard near Riverton Avenue in North Hollywood, police said. Police didn’t learn the car was stolen until later.

The officers attempted to make a traffic stop, but Navas sped away, police said, soon crossing the city boundary into Burbank. After a chase of about six minutes, Navas turned onto National Avenue, a short residential street that ends in a cul-de-sac.

When Navas' car was alongside the police SUV, the officer riding in the SUV's passenger seat fired multiple shots at Navas, police said. After being shot, Navas left the car and attempted to escape, but he was caught and handcuffed on the sidewalk, where he died.

-- Los Angeles Times Staff


June 1, 2015: The LAPD has identified the officer involved in the shooting as Officer Brian Van Gorden. 

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