A knife-wielding man was shot and killed in a confrontation with California Highway Patrol officers on the Long Beach (710) Freeway in Long Beach, which reopened Friday morning after an hours-long investigation.
The shooting occurred shortly after CHP officers went to the northbound 710 Freeway, south of the San Diego (405) Freeway, about 11:30 p.m. Thursday in response to a report from Long Beach police of a pedestrian walking around in lanes.
“CHP units arrived on scene, where they located the pedestrian holding a large size knife,” according to a CHP statement. “CHP personnel attempted to get the pedestrian to drop the knife, but they were unsuccessful as he disobeyed all commands.
“CHP personnel used less lethal force in an attempt to subdue the pedestrian, who refused to drop the knife,” the statement said. “The pedestrian charged CHP personnel in an aggressive manner with the knife, and an officer-involved shooting occurred.”
Paramedics took the wounded man to a hospital, where he died. Authorities withheld his name, pending family notification.
Authorities closed the northbound 710 Freeway in the area, along with the transition road from 405 Freeway to the southbound 710, while an investigation was conducted.
Some lanes were reopened about 9 a.m., and the remaining lanes were reopened about an hour afterward.