Police chased a big rig along the highway for an hour before shooting the driver.
During a wrong-way chase down a California motorway, a driver was fatally shot by police.
According to the Associated Press, the man drove cops the wrong way on Interstate 10 in a stolen truck. Officers were able to get in front of the vehicle and set up a roadblock after about an hour of following it.
However, the driver continued to drive straight at law enforcement, prompting a member of the California Highway Patrol to open fire. According to CHP Officer Ramon Duran, the driver was pronounced dead on Interstate 10 in Fontana.
According to the Associated Press, no officers were hurt in the incident. The victim’s identity has yet to be revealed.
According to the Associated Press, there was apparently a passenger in the truck. The passenger, who was also unidentified, was taken into jail after receiving minor injuries from broken glass.
The truck was reported stolen at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to San Bernardino police sergeant John Echevarria. The highway incident happened around 1:15 a.m. on Wednesday.
The highway chase began at 11:47 p.m. Tuesday, when the stolen “flatbed truck” was seen near the 215 freeway, according to KCBS-TV.
“It’s a very dangerous situation. We’re not talking about a small truck here; this is a large rig. What could have happened could have been catastrophic,” Duran told KCBS.
The exact circumstances of the shooting are unclear. This website reached out to the CHP for additional information but didn’t receive a response before publication.
Interstate 10 was closed in both directions after the shooting. All westbound lanes were reopened shortly after 5:30 a.m. local time, KABC-TV reported, but eastbound lanes remained closed as authorities investigated.
The Twitter account INLANDNEWS, which is run by a video journalist covering Southern California, tweeted a picture of traffic building up on both sides of the highway early Wednesday morning.
Both directions of the 10 freeway are shut down at Sierra in #Fontana for an officer involved shooting after a #pursuit Freeway closed for the next several hours. pic.twitter.com/yaILp3ah86
— INLANDNEWS (@INLANDNEWS) June 23, 2021
The CHP recently partnered with 11 other highway patrols in a traffic safety campaign against speeding.
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