Los Angeles Police Department officials have identified a 38-year-old man who was shot by a California Highway Patrol officer along the 110 Freeway late Tuesday, prompting an hours-long closure of the highway.
Mardell Leon Peirson was taken to the hospital after the incident, where he was treated for his injuries and eventually arrested, police said.
CHP Officers responded to a radio call for a man in traffic on the 110 Freeway around midnight, said Detective Meghan Aguilar with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Authorities tried to communicate with Peirson, who was holding a metal bar, but he did not follow the officers' commands, Aguilar said.
Peirson then dropped the bar and picked up a piece of metal, believed to be a leaf spring from a vehicle suspension system, and allegedly charged at officers, LAPD officials later said in a news release.
Police said one officer fired at Peirson because he feared for his life. Peirson was struck by the gunfire and fell to the ground, officials said.
No officers were injured during the incident.
Peirson was arrested and booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, police said.
LAPD's elite Robbery-Homicide Division is handling the investigation and the CHP will conduct an administrative investigation into the shooting.
A SigAlert was issued just after 12:30 a.m. for all northbound lanes at Olympic Boulevard due to the police activity, according to a tweet from the CHP.
All lanes on the 110 Freeway were reopened just before 9:45 a.m.