Sword-wielding suspect shot dead by police in California

A car belonging to a pursuit suspect in Ontario is stopped on the road on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (KABC)

A chase suspect in Ontario, California was shot dead by police after the man allegedly charged at officers with a samurai-style sword.

The suspect called police shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, telling them he had a gun and wanted to die.

Police tracked him down and attempted to pull his vehicle over, but the man sped off, driving recklessly without his headlights.

After a short chase that lasted around five minutes, police said the suspect stopped the vehicle. Authorities said the suspect exited the car and came at them with a sword, ignoring officers' commands to stop and drop the weapon.

According to investigators, officers initially deployed rubber bullets, which did not stop the suspect. That's when the officer-involved shooting occurred.

The suspect was given medical treatment at the scene and transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No officers were injured in the incident. The suspect's name was not immediately released.

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