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Suspect identified in fatal 101 LAPD shooting

May 24, 2010 12:15:38 AM PDT
All westbound lanes of the 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks were closed for several hours early Monday after a pursuit ended in a fatal officer-involved shooting. Police identified the suspect as 42-year-old Andrew Caprio.Authorities said the incident began with a traffic stop of a possible drunk driver in a Mercedes in the Hollenbeck area on Huntington Drive in Alhambra at about 1 a.m. When the driver fled from cops, a pursuit began. The Mercedes was traveling westbound on the 101 Freeway when the driver collided with a guardrail and a black BMW near the Van Nuys Boulevard exit.

Police said when Caprio got out of the car, he was armed with a knife. An officer-involved shooting occurred at about 1:30 a.m.

Caprio was taken to a local hospital, where he was declared dead.

An officer was also injured during the confrontation.

"One of our officers received a minor wound to one of his arms," said LAPD Det. Gus Villanueva. The officer was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

Traffic on the 101 Freeway was completely shut down between Van Nuys Boulevard and Woodman Avenue for several hours, causing long backups. Vehicles were forced to exit the freeway to find alternative routes. All lanes were reopened shortly after 10:20 a.m.


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