Fatal Police Shooting Shuts Down Lanes on 5 Freeway

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All northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway were closed between Mission Road and Broadway on Sunday morning after an altercation led police to shoot a pedestrian walking on the freeway.

California Highway Patrol officers arrived and tried to “diffuse” the situation after a call came in shortly after midnight Sunday of a man in his 40s walking on the northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway, said CHP Sgt. Saul Gomez.

Police first shot the man with beanbags and then tried shocking him with a Taser, but multiple officers were forced to shoot the suspect after the altercation escalated and he produced a knife, making the officers fear for their safety, Gomez said.

By around 7:30 a.m., traffic on the northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway was being diverted to the eastbound 10 Freeway, while the transition from the westbound 10 Freeway to the northbound 5 Freeway was closed.

On the southbound side of the 5 Freeway, lanes were closed between Broadway and Mission Road. The No. 1 and No. 2 lanes were also closed on that side of the 5.

Lanes reopened around 11 a.m., the CHP said.

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