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101 Freeway reopens after police pursuit, shooting

May 24, 2010 |  7:42 am

The remaining two westbound lanes of the 101 Freeway that had been closed Monday morning after a police pursuit and shooting brought traffic to a standstill have been reopened, officials say.

The pursuit began in Alhambra around 1 a.m. when a motorist entered the 101 Freeway, then collided with another car or a guardrail around the Van Nuys Boulevard exit.

The driver got out of the car and appeared to be holding a weapon, possibly a knife, prompting the pursuing officer to shoot, said LAPD Officer Cleon Joseph.

Both the driver and officer were taken to a hospital, where the driver died. The officer was released.

At the time, all westbound lanes were closed for the investigation.

-- Robert Faturechi

Photo: LAPD detectives investigate the end of a police pursuit that forced the closure of the westbound 101 Freeway in the Van Nuys area. Credit: Shawn Kaye