WOODLAND HILLS (CBS) — The eastbound 101 Freeway reopened at 8 a.m. Thursday following a deadly pursuit.
The chase began at 10 p.m. Wednesday when authorities spotted a car driving erratically at Shirley Avenue and Plummer Street in the Devonshire area.
The driver, 19-year-old Abdul Arian, refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued on the 101 Freeway. Police said Thursday that a man called 911 during the case and told a dispatcher that he had a gun and threatened to shoot officers.
After officers conducted a PIT maneuver, Arian, who appeared to be pointing something, exited the vehicle and ran across the freeway.
Arian’s body was not touched or moved until sometime after dawn Thursday. The LAPD confirmed Thursday that Arian was shot by police and was not carrying a gun.
His uncle says he was only carrying a cell phone at the time.
“He was a nice kid. He was working. He was such a sweet kid, respectful to others. He wanted to be a cop and like I said before, during the chase last night, he was calling 911. He was afraid of cops. You know, he told me he wants to be a good cop, not a crooked cop,” Arian’s uncle told KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou.
A Facebook page belonging to Abdul Arian featured two photos of law enforcement vehicles — including one of the flashing lights of a patrol vehicle with a caption that reads “Just always after me.”