Video shared online appears to show a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer repeatedly shooting a man on a freeway after a brief standoff.
The incident occurred on the 105 freeway in Watts, south of Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon.
Graphic footage captured by bystanders appears to show the officer and another person wrestling together on the ground before a shot was fired into the ground.
The officer then stands up and appears to fire his gun at the person multiple times.
The person remains motionless for the remainder of the clip, while the CHP officer remains next to the body with his gun drawn.
The CHP confirmed at Los Angeles Times on Monday that there had been a shooting on the freeway. Officials told the agency they responded after receiving multiple calls about a man walking into traffic near the Wilmington Avenue exit Sunday afternoon.
After the trooper made contact with the pedestrian, “a struggle ensued and shots were fired by officers,” the CHP said.
Authorities said over police radio that the man had a Taser and fired it at the officer, leading to the shooting, according to audio posted on the Citizen mobile app. The Los Angeles Times mentionted.
Aerial footage from Fox News appeared to show blood on the stretch of highway, which had been closed by police.
The person who was shot was taken to the hospital, but his condition has not been released.
The CHP referred all inquiries to the California Department of Justice, which investigates police shootings that kill unarmed people, according to the department.
In a press release, the state Department of Justice said: “California Attorney General Rob Bonda announced today that the California Department of Justice (DOJ) … is investigating and will independently review an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Lynwood of California on Sunday. November 19, 2023 at approximately 3:15 PM
“The OIS incident resulted in the death of one person.
“Upon notification by local authorities, the Department of Justice's California State Police Shooting Investigation Team began an investigation… Upon completion of the investigation, it will be turned over to the Department of Justice's Special Prosecutions Division within the Division of Criminal Justice for independent review.”
the department said The independent she was unable to comment further in order to protect the integrity of her investigation.