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CHP kills motorist who allegedly pulled gun

May 13, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
California Highway Patrol officers shot and killed a suspected drunk driver who allegedly pulled a gun during a traffic stop in Koreatown.Officers pulled the man over at 7th Street and Magnolia in Koreatown just after midnight. It's not a primary jurisdiction for CHP, but the officers said the driver appeared to be driving drunk.

CHP does have the authority throughout the state of California to pull over any suspect they deem necessary.

"The vehicle did yield. The officers asked the driver to exit the vehicle to conduct the DUI investigation. In the course of that investigation the suspect produced a handgun," said LAPD Sgt. Mark Garrett.

Officers then opened fire, hitting the man multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The man's name has not yet been released.

No officers were hurt in the incident.

It is still unclear however whether or not the driver actually fired the handgun at CHP officers. Authorities say the officers began shooting in self-defense.

A passenger in the vehicle was not hurt.

"That passenger has been interviewed, not as a suspect but as a witness to the incident," said Garrett.

An investigation is under way. Authorities say they are very careful with these types of investigations. In this instance, they believe the officers' lives were threatened and shot in self-defense.

Wilshire and 7th all the way up to Magnolia is blocked off as the investigation continues.

 

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