A man was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy after a traffic stop resulted in a deputy being dragged by the individual’s car near Castaic on Wednesday, officials said.
The shooting took place on the southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway at the Whitaker Brake Check area, just south of Vista Del Lago Road and about one mile north of Templin Highway, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Moises Marroquin.
Around 12:15 p.m., a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy from the Santa Clarita station attempted a traffic stop on a frontage road off the 5 Freeway, Lt. Robert Westphal of the Sheriff’s Department told KTLA.
Upon making contact with the person in the vehicle, the deputy had the person step out of the car and was taking him back to his patrol vehicle.
During that time, the person broke free from the deputy and ran up a dirt embankment toward a road adjacent to the freeway, Westphal said.
Authorities did not provide information as the why the man was being taken into the patrol car.
The deputy got in his car and pulled around to cut the man off, but then the individual ran back to his vehicle. The deputy then chased the man back to where his car was and attempted to detain him, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
“The suspect drove away with the deputy being dragged by his car,” Westphal said.
The man then crashed through a chain link fence onto the shoulder of the freeway, still dragging the deputy, the lieutenant said. He then crashed again through the fence at which time he was shot by a deputy.
The man was hit by the gunfire and was pronounced dead at the scene, the department said.
The deputy was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for injuries to his leg and abrasions sustained during the dragging.
Authorities have not yet said whether it was the deputy who was being dragged that shot the man, and did not immediately release any information on how many shots were fired, or how many times the man was struck.
A handgun was recovered at the scene.
There was no body camera footage from the deputy, Westphal said in response to a question.
All southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway near Vista Del Lago Road were closed for several hours. But as of 6 p.m., three of the four southbound lanes were reopened.
No further details were immediately available.