FONTANA (CBSLA) – A dangerous chase involving a stolen truck early Wednesday morning concluded when officers shot and killed the suspect on the 10 Freeway in Fontana.
The pursuit started at 11:47 p.m. Tuesday when a stolen flatbed truck was spotted in the area of the 215 Freeway in San Bernardino and a pursuit began.READ MORE: Lifeguards Battle For Bragging Rights In Hermosa Beach
California Highway Patrol followed the truck onto the 10 Freeway, where the suspect at one point traveled the wrong way on the eastbound side of the freeway, going into oncoming traffic.
Sometime before 1:20 a.m., the male suspect came to a stop on the freeway at Sierra Avenue in Fontana after CHP formed a makeshift wall.
“Officers created a, so-to-speak, wall, where the vehicle had to come to a stop, at which point an officer-involved shooting occurred,” CHP Officer Ramon Duran told reporters.READ MORE: Business Taking New Precautions As COVID Cases Surge
Officers then opened fire on the suspect, who was killed. He was not identified. A male passenger was taken into custody.
The 10 Freeway was shut down in both directions at Sierra Avenue for several hours. At around 5:45 a.m., the westbound lanes were reopened, but the eastbound side remained closed as of noon.
“It’s extremely dangerous, we’re not talking about a small vehicle, we’re talking about a big-rig, what could have happened could have been catastrophic,” CHP Officer Ramon Duran said.
The truck had been stolen out of San Bernardino, San Bernardino police confirmed to CBSLA.MORE NEWS: Joseph Jimenez Charged With Murder, Attempted Murder In Corona Movie Theater Shooting
The exact circumstances of the crash and shooting were not confirmed. It’s unclear if the suspect was armed or opened fire on officers. CHP would also not confirm whether shots were fired from a law enforcement helicopter that was following the pursuit as well.