I5 closed after officer involved shooting death

Police-lightsSTOCKTON, CA – Early Thursday morning, the California Highway Patrol attempted to stop a suspect on Interstate 5, resulting in a Stockton Police officer firing on and killing the suspect, who was wanted for murder in San Jose.

According to Stockton Police Spokesman, Joe Silva, the CHP attempted to stop the suspect at around 1 a.m. Thursday, with the suspect fleeing. As CHP officers pursued the suspect along southbound Interstate 5, Stockton Police joined in the chase.

Area of shooting and highway shutdown

Area of shooting and highway shutdown

The suspect’s vehicle became disabled in the area between Alpine Ave. and Country Club Blvd. off-ramps. When the suspect exited the vehicle wielding a knife at officers, a Stockton police officer fired multiple shots at the man hitting him at least one time.

The suspect was rushed to a local hospital where he was declared dead.

The suspect was also wanted in connection to domestic violence charges in Merced.

Several agencies were on the scene investigating the shooting, including the CHP, Stockton PD, Department of Justice and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s.

UPDATE: Interstate 5 reopened at approximate 11:30 Thursday morning.

DETOUR INFORMATION

Southbound I-5 is closed at Monte Diablo. Traffic is being diverted at the Alpine Ave./Country Club Blvd. exit to Frontage Road during the investigation. Vehicles can continue south and get back on at Country Club Blvd. to re-enter I-5 southbound.

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