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60 Freeway reopens after pursuit investigation

CHP officers are seen at the site of an officer-involved shooting that shut down the westbound 60 Freeway at Hacienda Boulevard on Saturday, August 4, 2012.
August 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The westbound 60 Freeway was reopened at Hacienda Boulevard on Saturday evening after an investigation into a shooting.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the pursuit began in Riverside County after Riverside Sheriff's spotted a Range Rover that had been involved in a prior carjacking.

The chase traveled through San Bernardino and eventually entered L.A. County. As the suspect was driving on the West 60 Freeway, he opened fire on CHP officers.

According to CHP Sgt. Steve Licon, the suspect struck two patrol cars and a third shot was missed. One bullet pierced through the fuel tank of one patrol car and a second ricocheted off the hood of another patrol car. No officers were hit. The officers reportedly did not return fire.

The suspect refused to cooperate with officers until he ran out of gas. The suspect then exited the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the hospital after complaining of chest pain.

The freeway closure is expected to last for several hours as authorities investigate the scene and search for shell casings. The closure stretches from Hacienda Boulevard to Azusa Avenue. Eastbound lanes of the freeway are open.

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