Tuesday’s police chase as it headed west on Temple Street at Burlington Avenue past the Silver Lake Medical Center.
The man who led police on a chase Tuesday night that ended in a shootout west of downtown is suspected of being responsible for the fatal July 30 shooting of Ivan Pedroza in Echo Park. Police said 24-year-old Ian Schlesinger of North Hollywood, who was hospitalized after being shot by officers, is suspected of fatally shooting 33-year-old Pedroza near a homeless encampment off Bellevue Avenue and Alvarado Street.
“He was booked on a warrant for Mr. Pedroza’s murder, and also charged with attempt murder of a police officer after last night’s occurrence,” said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division. “He is being held at LA County Jail, with bail set at $2 million.”
Tuesday’s pursuit through city streets began in Echo Park near Sunset Boulevard and Rosemont Avenue after police identified the white car Schlesinger was driving as having been carjacked.
L.A Now reports that Schlesinger’s brother, Jack Schlesinger, was shot and killed by police in September 2010 during an armed confrontation with officers following an Echo Park traffic stop.
Police did not provide a reason as to why Ian Schlesinger allegedly killed Pedroza, a Silver Lake resident and an alumnus of Marshall High school.