LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — The northbound lanes of the 710 Freeway in Long Beach were shut down early Friday after police fatally shot a man who was walking around in lanes with a knife.
A man was reported to be walking on the northbound 710 Freeway at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday. When CHP officers arrived, they saw he was carrying a large knife, authorities said.READ MORE: OC Receives More Than 83K COVID-19 Vaccine Doses In Single Day
The officers tried to get him drop the knife, and used less than lethal force to subdue him, police said. When the man — identified by the coroner’s office as 31-year-old Ruben Escarrega — charged the officers “in an aggressive manner with the knife,” the officers opened fire.READ MORE: LA County Sheriff's Motorcycle Deputy Thomas Albanese Killed In Lakewood Crash
The man was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He has not been identified.
A Sigalert was issued for the northbound 710, just south of the 405 Freeway, at about 1:15 a.m. The transition road from the 405 Freeway to the southbound 710 Freeway were also shut down.MORE NEWS: Lady Gaga's Dogwalker Shot, Wounded In Hollywood; 2 French Bulldogs Stolen
All lanes were reopened after 10 a.m.