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Officer involved shooting closes Hwy 99 near Merle Haggard Drive, CHP confirms man is deceased

Posted at 12:25 PM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-26 00:53:44-04

A member of the California Highway Patrol has been involved in a shooting on Highway 99 near Merle Haggard Drive. CHP has confirmed that the man is deceased. 

According to CHP, a man was headed northbound on the 99 and went through a fence off of the highway and flipped his pickup truck.

When the first officer got there, they were headed to the accident when they saw the man in the middle of the lanes.

According to CHP, the officer tried to make contact with the man and that is when the man made advances toward the officer with a knife, which led to the shooting by the CHP officer. 

23ABC has received viewer images that appear to show an individual covered with a tarp in the middle of the road.

Southbound lanes have reopened on Highway 99 after six hours of being closed. Northbound lanes are open as well.

23ABC was at the scene and will update the situation as soon as more information becomes available.