Calif. investigates after officer fatally shoots man on freeway



Santa Fe New Mexican


LOS ANGELES — State authorities were investigating Monday after a California Highway Patrol officer shot and killed a man over the weekend in the middle of a Los Angeles area freeway during a struggle recorded on video. Sunday afternoon’s deadly encounter occurred after the highway patrol responded to multiple calls of a male pedestrian walking in westbound lanes of Interstate 105 in south L.A. County, the agency said in a statement. A CHP officer tried to convince the man to get off the freeway, but he refused and that led to a struggle, authorities said. “During the struggle, the pedestrian was able to access a Taser he had in his possession, activated the weapon and used the Taser against the officer,” the CHP said in a later statement. “Following the pedestrian’s use of the weapon against the officer, and in fear for his safety, the officer fired his service weapon.”