UPDATE (1:35 PM): Authorities say California Highway Patrol officers shot a man who opened fire on them along Interstate 405 in Los Angeles, prompting a shutdown of the major highway during the morning commute.
The CHP says the officers pulled over around 3 a.m. Thursday to check on a Ford Mustang that was stopped on the southbound shoulder with airbags deployed.
The driver was standing by the car and officers approached on foot. The CHP says that's when the man reached into the car, pulled out a gun and shot at them. Officers returned fire.
The man was hospitalized in unknown condition.
UPDATE (9:37 AM): Caltrans says traffic is reduced to three lanes on southbound Interstate 405 after law enforcement activity shutdown the freeway at 3 a.m.
Traffic backed up for miles after law enforcement activity forced the closure of a major Los Angeles highway during the morning commute.
The California Highway Patrol closed all lanes of Interstate 405 around 3 a.m. Thursday near the Sherman Oaks neighborhood on the city’s west side.
Northbound lanes were reopened around 5 a.m. but the southbound side remains closed until further notice. Few details about the incident are available, but the investigation appears to center around a late-model red Ford Mustang on the right shoulder.
Motorists are urged to avoid the area.