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Fatal CHP Shooting Prompts Shutdown Of 91 Freeway In Corona

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(UPDATE: 10:30 p.m.): Late Wednesday, the deceased was identified as 59-year-old Gary Dean Heil, a prominent business owner.

CORONA (CBS) — A California Highway Patrol officer fatally shot a suspect on the Riverside (91) Freeway in Corona Tuesday night, prompting authorities to shut down lanes in both directions near the scene.

The CHP was responding to a report of a single car crash at a portion of the 91 Freeway near the Ontario (15) Freeway interchange shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday. The officers were met by gunfire and fired back, killing a man on the side of the freeway.

91 freeway shooting2 Fatal CHP Shooting Prompts Shutdown Of 91 Freeway In Corona

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Firefighters performed CPR on the suspect but he died shortly after the officer shot him.

The 91 Freeway has been closed in both directions near the shooting.

CHP dispatchers in the Inland Empire declined to discuss the situation. A CHP spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

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