Man Dies in Fall From LA Crane After Police Pursuit, Standoff

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Suspect climbs crane near Los AngelesThe crane is situated at the Port of Los Angeles, where there are hundreds of shipping containers around him.

The man led officers on a chase in what police said was a stolen SUV. The man, who was wearing a Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers jersey, proceeded to walk around, dance and hang his head over the edge of the crane.

The pursuit began at 3:11 p.m. and went from Carson to San Pedro.

During an hours-long chase, the vehicle swerved at high speed through freeway traffic in L.A. and Long Beach, sometimes crossing into oncoming lanes.

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Port of Los Angeles evacuated and shut down the terminal shortly after he drove through a security gate.

When he arrived at the West Basin Container Terminal about 60 miles away, he got out of the vehicle wearing a Lakers jersey with Kobe Bryant's name on it and started scaling the tallest crane in the port.

Police haven't tried to reach the man out of concern he might slip or jump.

Police said in an alert that the man, who was not identified, fell 160 feet (50 m) to his death a little after 8 p.m.

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The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident started when the unidentified man allegedly stole a vehicle at a dealership at around 6 p.m.in San Bernardino.

A male suspect in Los Angeles fell or jumped to his death off of a crane after leading police on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle.

The man was able to take the auto since employees were going to wash the vehicle, leaving the keys in the ignition.

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