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Westbound Interstate 10 reopens in Indio after CHP shooting

May 21, 2012 |  1:50 pm

Map shows approximate location of where I-10 was closed after a shooting involving a CHP officer.

Westbound lanes of Interstate 10 through Indio began to reopen about 1:30 p.m. Monday after being closed since the early morning shooting of a motorist by California Highway Patrol officers who found the man’s empty pickup truck crashed into a concrete median.

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.

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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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