California Highway Patrol Officer Fatally Shoots Man on Freeway

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A 34-year-old man from Los Angeles was fatally shot by a California Highway Patrol officer in a struggle on Sunday afternoon on Interstate 105, officials said Tuesday. The cause of death has not been officially determined and the officer’s name has not been released. The man, identified as Jesse Dominguez, had been walking in the westbound lanes of the freeway when the officer attempted to convince him to get off the freeway. When Dominguez refused, a fight ensued, during which he used a taser against the officer, prompting the officer to fire his service weapon, killing Dominguez. The shooting is under investigation by the state attorney general’s office, as the deceased did not have a deadly weapon. Dominguez’s family told the Los Angeles Times that he was an aspiring actor and likely experiencing a mental health or drug-fueled crisis at the time of the incident. They also stated that he had been carrying the taser for protection after receiving threats at the sober living facility where he had been staying. The California Association of Highway Patrolmen did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and it is notable that highway patrol officers are not required to wear body cameras, although the agency uses in-car cameras. The state attorney general’s office and the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating the incident.

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