A parolee armed with a knife was arrested following a police shooting that resulted in a stretch of the 60 Freeway in Chino being closed for hours on Wednesday morning.
The incident began around 5:20 a.m. when a 911 caller reported a disturbance involving a knife-wielding man at a Denny’s restaurant in the 12100 block of Central Avenue, according to a Chino Police Department news release.
By the time officers responded to the restaurant, the man had left the restaurant on foot and went onto the 60 Freeway.
When police found the individual, he was walking in freeway lanes and holding a knife, the release stated.
The man did not comply with officers’ orders and began walking toward a nearby work crew, according to police. Officers tried to use less than lethal force on the man, but multiple attempts proved to be ineffective.
At that point, an officer opened fire, but the gunfire did not hit the suspect, officials said.
The suspect then used the knife to injure himself, and officers were able to stop and disarm him with a Taser, according to the release.
The man, identified by police as 50-year-old Larry Brennan of Montclair, suffered superficial injuries and was transported to a local hospital. He is expected to survive.
No officers were injured.
Brennan was arrested on suspicion of resisting an officer with force and for parole violations, police said.
All lanes of the freeway were initially shut down at Pipeline Avenue around 6:18 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol’s incident log.
Lanes were closed for about three hours as authorities investigated and processed evidence.
The eastbound lanes were reopened around 8:50 a.m., and the westbound side was open again less than 30 minutes later.
Traffic was backed up for miles on both sides of the freeway during the morning rush-hour commute, Sky5 aerial video showed. At one point, vehicles could be seen turning around and using an on-ramp to exit the freeway.
CHP is assisting in the investigation.