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Motorist fatally shot by CHP during traffic stop on 60 Freeway in Monterey Park

CHP officers walk toward an object that appears to be a sheathed sword after fatal police shooting Monday in Monterey Park.
CHP officers walk toward an object that appears to be a sheathed sword after fatal police shooting Monday in Monterey Park.
(KTLA
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A traffic stop ended in a fatal police shooting Monday night and closed a stretch of the 60 Freeway in Monterey Park for more than seven hours, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP officers stopped a vehicle traveling east near Garfield Avenue about 8:20 p.m. Monday, Capt. Salvador Suarez told reporters at the scene.

“At some point during the enforcement stop, an officer-involved shooting occurred with one individual,” Suarez said. The person was struck by gunfire and died at the scene, authorities said.

Officers were helping the California Department of Transportation with a project on the freeway in the area at the time, CHP Officer Tony Polizzi said.

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It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting, but video from the scene showed what appears to be a sheathed sword lying in the roadway.


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