LYNWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) -- A 30-year-old reputed gang member was charged Tuesday with fatally shooting a woman and pushing her from a car during a police pursuit.
Juan Diego Valencia, 30, is charged with killing Selene Mayoral, 24, on September 6 and then during a police pursuit pushing her body out of a green Mercury Cougar, prosecutors said.
Valencia's alleged murder plot was uncovered when Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies attempted to pull over his Mercury in Lynwood about 11:15 p.m.
Valencia took off and at one point pulled the car over at the intersection of Josephine Street and Harris Avenue and opened the door and pushed the body of the female passenger out before speeding away, prosecutors allege.
Mayoral had been shot once in the head and died at the scene.
"A flash was seen from the car, and also a gunshot was heard," said Lt. Holly Francisco, of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.
"A short time later, the pursuit continued, and a female was pushed from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene," Francisco said.
The victim suffered a gunshot wound to her upper torso, according to a news release from sheriff's officials.
Valencia then led the pursuing deputies to the 14000 block of Chadron Avenue in Hawthorne, where he barricaded himself inside an apartment complex.
The apartment complex and some nearby houses were evacuated for a time.
He eventually surrendered to to a SWAT team and a handgun was recovered, according to police.
If convicted, Valencia faces up to life in prison, prosecutors said.