State authorities are conducting an investigation following a fatal incident over the weekend where a California Highway Patrol officer shot and killed a man in the midst of a struggle, captured on video, on a Los Angeles area freeway.
The deadly encounter unfolded on Sunday afternoon after the highway patrol responded to numerous reports of a male pedestrian walking in the westbound lanes of Interstate 105 in south LA County.
The agency temporarily halted all traffic in that direction during the incident, according to a statement.
“While interacting with the pedestrian, a struggle ensued, resulting in an officer-involved shooting,” the statement mentioned. The Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office has verified the individual’s death but has withheld identification pending family notification.
The cause of death has not been disclosed at this time. The highway patrol redirected inquiries regarding the investigation to the California Department of Justice, which typically handles inquiries into fatal police shootings.
The justice department confirmed its ongoing investigation but did not furnish further details.
A one-minute video, captured by a bystander and shared on social media, commences with an officer atop another individual as they grapple in the middle of a closed section of the freeway.
The origin of the original video remains unclear.
During their struggle, a gunshot is heard, prompting the officer to swiftly rise to his feet, while the other person becomes motionless on the pavement.
Subsequently, the officer proceeds to discharge at least four shots at the immobilized individual, as depicted in the video.
Throughout the remainder of the footage, the officer maintains his drawn firearm, while the person remains motionless.