Man steals fake cop car from ‘Lethal Weapon’ TV shoot, leads police on chase

A man stole a fake police car from the filming set of “Lethal Weapon” in Downtown Long Beach on Wednesday and led officers on a short pursuit before crashing into another car, authorities said.

Officers located the stolen, grey Ford Crown Victoria around 4:35 p.m. in the area of Long Beach Boulevard just south of Willow Street, said Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Nancy Pratt.

The Crown Victoria, equipped to look like a police vehicle, had been stolen from a location on Broadway near the Promenade where crews were shooting scenes for the “Lethal Weapon” TV series, she said.

The suspect led police on a short pursuit north on Long Beach Boulevard before crashing into a silver Mercedes Benz heading southbound.

A man and woman in the Mercedes complained of pains but were not transported to a hospital, she said.

The suspect, identified as 32-year-old Nicholas Cannon of Long Beach, was taken into custody.

This isn’t the only problem to plague the TV shoot this week.

During filming on Wednesday morning, a car crashed into a zip-line, causing a chain-reaction that yanked down a light pole. No one was injured.

Car crashes into zip-line, toppling light pole during TV shoot

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Kelly Puente is an award-winning general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. She has worked as a journalist in Long Beach since 2006, covering everything from education and crime to courts and breaking news. Kelly previously worked at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register before joining the Post in 2018. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].