By CBSLA Staff

NEAR CABAZON (CBSLA) — A Riverside County sheriff’s deputy Friday fatally shot a man who allegedly charged at him with a tire iron on the 10 freeway near Cabazon.

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The shooting happened at about 8:45 a.m. near the Whitewater Canyon Road/Whitewater Cutoff after a driver called authorities to report a man throwing rocks onto the 10 freeway, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

When deputies arrived on the scene, the man was allegedly smashing the window of a car with a tire iron. Authorities said the man then charged at the deputy with the tire iron after being ordered to put it down.

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The deputy then fired at the man, who was declared dead at the scene. Authorities have not yet identified the man. The deputy, identified only as a K-9 deputy, was not injured.

The Palm Springs Police Department reported heavy traffic on surface streets in the city, just south of the shooting, and urged motorists to avoid the area.

The shooting also prompted the closure of the entire westbound side of the 10 freeway east of Whitewater Canyon Road for several hours while investigators worked the scene. The roadway was fully reopened shortly before 5:30 p.m.

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