Man Shot by Officer on I-10 Dies
Indio Police tell us the man shot by a California Highway Patrol officer died at the hospital. The shooting happened after CHP arrived to investigate an early morning crash on the interstate. Video by kmir6.comvideo
Indio Police tell us the man shot by a California Highway Patrol officer died at the hospital.
The shooting happened after CHP arrived to investigate an early morning crash on the interstate.
What began as a traffic crash investigation, turned into an officer-involved-shooting on Interstate 10, near the Jefferson exit.
The westbound lanes were closed for about 10 hours for the investigation.
It was just before five in the morning when two California Highway Patrol officers saw a crashed, empty red truck.
They went looking for the driver, and found him up the road.
"Just north of that, on Interstate 10, on the westbound side on the edge, where apparently the CHP officers, one of them had confronted the driver which led to an officer involved shooting," said Ben Guitron with the Indio Police Department.
But police aren't telling us yet what exactly led to that shooting or if the man had a weapon. Neither officer was hurt.
"At this point in time, we're still investigating the particulars as what led up to the shooting incident, we're not at this time available to release any of that information pending the ongoing investigation," said Guitron.
We also don't know yet who the man was, or where he was from. He was the only person in the truck.
"The driver of the vehicle did pass away at Desert Regional Medical Center, and currently the information as far as identity, it is a male adult, as far as any further information, we're going to refer to the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner's office that will have that information in days to come," said Guitron.
Both officers involved in the incident are currently on administrative leave.
Indio Police say if anyone saw the crash or the shooting Monday morning, to call them at 760-391-4057