5 freeway police shooting
The shooting scene on the Golden State (5) Freeway on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles, at Mission Road, just north of the 5 interchange with the San Bernardino (10) Freeway. Photo: OnSceneTV

A man walking in freeway lanes was shot and killed in Lincoln Heights Sunday by California Highway Patrol officers.

The incident was captured on video by a passenger in a car, and showed several CHP officers firing a fusillade of bullets, presumably at the man on the freeway.

The shooting was on the Golden State (5) Freeway on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles, at Mission Road, just north of the 5 interchange with the San Bernardino (10) Freeway, and the chain of events began with a phone call about a pedestrian on the interstate at about 11:50 p.m. Saturday, said CHP Officer Elizabeth Kravig.

The man was reportedly walking on the southbound freeway, near the San Bernardino (10) Freeway. The shooting, however, was in the northbound lanes.

“Officers arrived at the scene at 12:05 a.m., and subsequently an officer-involved shooting occurred,” Kravig said.

The man was pronounced at the scene and no officers were injured, she said.

According to media reports, a knife was recovered at the scene, and a stun gun was used on him, without result.

A SigAlert was issued at 12:56 a.m., for an unknown duration, with all northbound 5 traffic being diverted to the eastbound 10, although the recommended detour out of the East L.A. interchange was to avoid the closure by using the Hollywood (101) Freeway into the San Fernando Valley.

The freeway was to remain closed until about noon, the CHP predicted.

–City News Service

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