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101 Freeway reopens in Woodland Hills after teen is shot by police

April 12, 2012 |  8:46 am

 

The eastbound lanes of the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills were reopened Thursday morning after being shut down for most of the night while police investigated the fatal shooting of a teenager by officers.

Abdul Arian, 19, was shot by officers after a high-speed pursuit that began shortly before 10 p.m. and ended on the freeway.

The chase started near Plummer Street and Shirley Avenue, not far from the Northridge Fashion Center. Officers tried to stop Arian for driving erratically at high speeds and for running red lights, LAPD Officer Karen Rayner said.

Arian eventually got on the westbound 101 Freeway, exited, then got back on the freeway heading east. Arian stopped in the eastbound lanes of the freeway at Canoga Avenue.

Officials said police fired at Arian as he tried to run away, and they thought he was armed. Arian died at the scene. Police would not say if a gun was found.

"At this point, our force investigation division is conducting the investigation," LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman told KTLA. "All the officers have to be interviewed, as well as civilian witnesses that were present."

Asked if this may have been a case of suicide by cop, Neiman said, "It's certainly bizarre behavior, and it ended in a tragic situation for all involved."

"We won't know what the motivation of the suspect was until we talk to people who knew the suspect and find out maybe whether there were some issues related to his behavior."

KTLA spoke to the teen's uncle, Hamed Arian, who said his nephew was coming home from the gym and was not armed.

Arian said his nephew graduated from Taft High School last year and was attending Pierce College. He said Abdul wanted to be a police officer, but was also afraid of police.

"He was always afraid of cops," Hamed Arian said. "For some reason, he was always afraid of getting pulled  over by cops. According to police, according to the detective, he called 911 saying that he is very afraid that he's being chased by six cops.” Police have not confirmed whether Abdul Arian called 911.

Hamed Arian added that his nephew "had no gun whatsoever" and was "afraid of guns."

"We are all devastated," Arian said. "We lost a young man who was a really good kid."

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-- Thomas Curwen

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