Garden Grove

Shooting, chase and arrest

A GARDEN GROVE man is in critical condition after being shot early Saturday morning. After a chase into Riverside County, a suspect was arrested (Shutterstock).

An incident that began with a shooting of a man early Saturday morning in Garden Grove turned into a high-speed chase that concluded with the arrest of a suspect in Riverside County.

The victim is hospitalized in critical condition and the suspect has been booked into Orange County Jail in Santa Ana for attempted murder.

According to Detective Sgt. Evan Beresford, the suspect is Ali Samoodi, 51, of Anaheim. The victim’s personal information is not being released at this time.

At around 2:46 a.m. GGPD officers responded to a home in the 5300 block of Santa Barbara in West Grove on a report of a man being shot.

Arriving officers found the man in the back bedroom of a home with a gunshot wound to the head.  He was taken to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Witnesses at the scene identified the suspect and said he fled the scene in a rented U-Haul truck. It was also learned the suspect and victim had been in a “dating relationship.”

The suspect vehicle was tracked to the city of Menifee in Riverside County.  Police there spotted the vehicle and tried to make a high-risk vehicle stop, but the suspect refused to yield and led police, Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies and the California Highway Patrol on a high-speed pursuit for about 33 miles.

It all came to a stop when the damaged truck, which had been involved in multiple collisions, came to a halt in the area of Cedar Avenue and Interstate 10.

According to Sgt. Beresford, the suspect barricaded himself in the vehicle until a SWAT unit from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department  responded and took him into custody. He hadn’t suffered any injuries and was taken to the GGPD facility, then booked at OCJ.

Any witnesses with information about the incident are asked to call Detective Terra Ramirez at (714) 741-5839.

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