Suspect who shot at officers on 605 Freeway dead after hours-long standoff
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. - A suspect is dead hours after he was accused of firing shots at Caltrans workers and California Highway Patrol officers on the 605 Freeway in Los Alamitos on Thursday morning, authorities said.
The gunfire caused temporary freeway closures due to an hours-long standoff as traffic was diverted from the scene.
The shooting occurred just after 9:15 a.m., the CHP said.
“We had officers that were assisting Caltrans with a maintenance detail in the area of the Katella onramp to the southbound 405. At some point during that maintenance operation, Caltrans requested CHP units that were working the detail due to a pedestrian that they had come in contact with,” a CHP officer told FOX 11. "Two officers approached and made contact with a male pedestrian in the brush area and at that time, an officer-involved shooting occurred."
It is believed the suspect resided in a tent underneath the onramp.
An officer suffered a minor injury and the details of his injury were not disclosed.
Responding firefighters wore bulletproof vests, FOX 11's Sandra Endo reported.
The suspect's death was announced just after 1:15 p.m.
No further information was immediately available.
The Orange County District Attorney's office will investigate the shooting.
This is a developing story, check back for updates.