California Highway Patrol officers and Caltrans workers were fired on Thursday by an apparent transient under the cover of foliage near the southbound Katella Avenue onramp to the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway in Los Alamitos, authorities said.

As officers arrived to assist Caltrans workers for maintenance at the off-ramp, a man opened fire on them from a tent under some brush about 9:20 a.m., said CHP Officer Todd Steaffens. It is unclear how many rounds were fired, but no one was hurt, Steaffens said.

The officers retreated and called for backup as the suspect holed up in the tent, Steaffens said. The standoff and suspect search was continuing as of 12:30 p.m.

The freeway was briefly shut down in both directions. The northbound lanes were subsequently reopened, but all southbound lanes remained closed from Carson Street to the San Diego (405) Freeway, resulting in major traffic woes for motorists trying to maneuver around the area.

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