5 Freeway Closed Through Boyle Heights Following Deadly Police Shooting

The northbound 5 Freeway was closed for nearly 12 hours Sunday morning through Boyle Heights as California Highway Patrol investigated a deadly shooting one of its officers was involved in on the interstate.

Officers responded to reports of a pedestrian on the freeway just after midnight on Sunday and discovered the man walking along the No. 1 northbound lane was armed with a knife, Officer Saul Gomez said.

The fatal shooting occurred near the North Mission Road exit on the northbound side of the freeway, closing it down at I-10 interchange from around midnight until shortly after 11 a.m.

Officers ordered the man off the roadway and used traffic blocks to clear the area, but the pedestrian refused to leave, officials said.

Non-lethal measures including a stun gun were used before the man was ultimately shot, according to Gomez.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released but he was described as a Hispanic man in his 40s.

Officials confirmed multiple officers were on scene, but did not disclose how many fired their guns or how many shots were fired.

Video captured at the scene by a motorist on the opposite side of the freeway appears to show multiple officers firing several shots.

A knife was recovered at the scene, Gomez said, noting that it wasn't clear how the weapon was used.

CHP officials said the agency receives around 5,000 calls regarding pedestrians on the freeway in the Los Angeles area each year.

No further details were immediately available.