San Bernardino: couple die in gun battle with police after mass shooting

A couple have been killed in a police gun battle hours after they took part in a mass shooting that left at least 14 people dead and 17 wounded in San Bernardino, California.

FBI agents search outside the residence that is in connection to the shootings in San Bernardino, California

Syed Farook and his partner Tashfeen Malik were shot dead by police officers following a car chase through the streets of the city. Police said Farook and Malik, aged 28 and 27, were intercepted and a gun battle with more than 20 officers left their dark SUV riddled with bullets and both suspects dead.

The chase came about four hours after Farook left a gathering of fellow public health employees of San Bernardino county where he worked. Police said he was angry and departed early, only to return with his partner. Both were heavily armed.

The attack at the Inland Regional Center, which lies 60 miles (95km) east of Los Angeles, was the deadliest shooting on US soil since the Sandy Hook school massacre in 2012.

The San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan said one officer was shot in the gun battle and was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Two rifles and two handguns were found in the SUV.

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