The chase began at 5:04 p.m. at Lemon Avenue and 20th Street when a check of the car's license plates revealed it was stolen during a home-invasion robbery, Lebaron said.
The officer tried to pull the suspect over, but he fled.
Lebaron said officers were aware the suspect was armed and dangerous -- they saw the weapon in the car.
With officers from the Long Beach Police Department and the California
Highway Patrol trailing him, the suspect drove to San Pedro and then drove back to Long Beach, where the pursuit had begun.
Speeds exceeded 100 mph on freeways and 80 mph on surface streets.
The driver slammed into a guard rail on the Pacific Coast (1) Highway off-ramp of the Harbor Freeway, but the driver still sped away.
With a front tire of the front-wheel-drive Buick going flat in Long Beach, the driver almost hit a father and son who ran to avoid the vehicle as it tried to negotiate another turn.
He drove on surface streets in Long Beach, ignoring lights and stop signs, narrowly missing vehicles in adjacent lanes and sometimes driving against ocoming traffic.
When he turned into the parking lot, it appeared that he was reaching for his weapon when he jumped out of the car and began to run across the parking lot.