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.READ MORE: 2 Men, Woman Arrested In West Covina After Catalytic Converter Theft In Irwindale Leads To Police Pursuit
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.READ MORE: City Of LA Opens Vaccinations To Age 16-Plus As Questions Swirl Over J&J Vaccine
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.MORE NEWS: LAUSD Reopens Campuses Tuesday For First Time Since March 2020
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.”