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CHP officers shoot man; westbound Interstate 10 closed in Indio

May 21, 2012 | 10:59 am

Image: Map shows approximate location of where the Interstate 10 was closed after a shooting involving a CHP officer. Source: Google Maps

Westbound lanes of Interstate 10 remained closed Monday after the shooting of a motorist by California Highway Patrol officers who found the man’s empty pickup truck crashed into a concrete median, Indio police said.

The shooting occurred about 5 a.m. when two CHP officers confronted the man north of the freeway, near the Jefferson Street offramp, said Ben Guitron, a spokesman for the Indio Police Department, which is investigating the shooting.

The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs for treatment of at least one gunshot wound, Guitron said. His condition was unknown.

“So far it appears this person was the only occupant of the vehicle,” Guitron said. “We don’t know why he collided into the K-rail at the center median.”

Guitron said he did not know what prompted the shooting, nor if the man was armed. It was unclear how long the westbound lanes would remain closed, according to the CHP, which diverted traffic around the scene.

At 10 a.m., traffic was backed up for about a mile.

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Image: Map shows approximate location of where I-10 was closed after a shooting involving a CHP officer. Source: Google Maps

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