Deadly Shooting Justified? California DOJ Investigates CHP Officer’s Actions

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Deadly Shooting Justified? California DOJ Investigates Officer's Actions
Was the lethal use of force by this CHP officer justified? (Photo: KTLA)

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Overview of the Incident on the 105 Freeway

In the wake of a harrowing incident on the 105 Freeway in the Willowbrook area of Los Angeles, the California State Department of Justice has launched an investigation.

The event, which occurred last Sunday afternoon and led to the fatal shooting of a man by a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer, has sparked concern and demands for a thorough inquiry.

Details of the Confrontation and Video Evidence

According to reports, the confrontation began when a CHP officer engaged with a man walking on the freeway near the Wilmington exit.

A witness’s cellphone video captures the tension escalating into a physical scuffle, followed by the officer discharging his weapon.

The initial shot appears to miss, striking the pavement, but subsequent shots fatally wounded the man.

Response and Reporting from the Scene

Sandra Mitchell from KTLA reported from the scene in downtown LA, highlighting the gravity of the situation.

Local and state leaders have expressed their disturbance and shock over the incident.

But according to a CHP statement, the man was armed with a taser.

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“As the officer approached the pedestrian, a struggle ensued in lanes of the freeway. During the struggle, the pedestrian was able to access a taser he had in his possession, activated the weapon and used the taser against the officer,” the release said.

“In fear for his safety, the officer fired his service weapon, striking the pedestrian,” the CHP added.

Victim Identification and Community Reaction

The identity of the victim has not been released, pending notification of his family.

Meanwhile, city, county, and state leaders are urging calm and patience as the investigation proceeds.

Conclusion: Balancing Law Enforcement and Public Safety

This incident has brought to light the delicate balance between law enforcement duties and public safety, especially in high-stress situations.

The investigation by the Department of Justice is expected to scrutinize the officer’s actions, training protocols, and the broader implications for law enforcement interactions with the public.

Given the available evidence, do you think the officer’s use of deadly force was justified?

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  • Mac November 27, 2023, 10:52 am

    After all the insults and names-calling, let’s get back to the meat-and-potatoes of it: If the officer had a taser readily accessible, appears he had the opportunity to use it (and should have)…assuming he hadn’t already tried it…before using deadly force (but understand the video may not have shown everything in real timing, so no way to tell for sure). That said, some good points on the location…no ordinary behavior by the guy “walking” there to begin with and not obeying commands, nor is an interstate any ordinary “road”, plus indeed if the guy had the reported taser in his hand and could have used it, the officer and potentially others could have been a gonner. More facts need to come out but for now have to side with the officer’s “justified” judgement.

  • LJ November 27, 2023, 8:49 am

    Of course it was justified. Thank you officer, for taking out the trash. Boy, you’ve gotta love Kalifornistan, excuse me, Newsomville, land of the lawless libatards. Ronald Reagan once said; “liberalism is a form of mental illness”. This state proves it! No wonder people are leaving in droves.

  • MPW November 26, 2023, 10:21 am

    A man walking on an interstate is a traffic hazard. People trying to avoid him might end up in an accident. Even suicidal, he can still cause injury or death to uninvolved people. The trooper needs to encounter this fool to prevent said mayhem. We don’t know yet how the struggle unfolded so there is something there to investigate, and investigations take time. Be patient and monitor for further developments. I have been Tazed twice and nipped by live leads during an app once. The nip was painful, but my body locked up both times I took the full ride and I could not have prevented anything from happening to me (theft of baton, gun, whatever) even if I had wanted to for a full 5 seconds. The TASER is “less lethal” because we do not expect death to result from its use. But you are often completely disabled during its cycle and that cannot be tolerated by LEO’s in the performance of their duties. The risk to the public from the officer’s duty weapon stolen under those circumstances is simply too great.

  • Bob November 25, 2023, 1:46 pm

    Cops use tasers because they aren’t lethal.
    But use deadly force if YOU have one.
    Does this mean it’s OK to shoot a cop that uses one? I mean – the guy was walking down the road…

    • I’m Him November 30, 2023, 9:11 am

      The guy was walking down an LA Freeway. Big difference. Also your two scenarios aren’t the same at all. The dangers of an LEO being incapacitated are far greater to the general public and themselves and cannot be permitted. The force they use is always a degree greater than whatever is used on them for that reason.

  • Bumper November 25, 2023, 11:25 am

    Future behavior may best be predicted by past behavior. That is kalifornicia, the Patrolman burns for performing his job as was trained.

  • Bob W November 24, 2023, 10:13 pm

    One word, fuckingyes !!!

  • jim November 24, 2023, 9:18 pm

    IF the taser was used on the officer before he fired, or after he missed with the first shot, YES, the shooting was justified.

    Outside of those parameters, there is not enough concrete evidence to determine either way.

  • Mac November 24, 2023, 5:23 pm

    Srictly by the video, hard to say and maybe not (justified)…couldn’t the officer have used his tazer…? That said, if the officer was tazerless and the man indeed had a tazer (report said he had used it or tried to use it on the officer), then yes…the officer was justified in using deadly force.

  • Rouge1 November 24, 2023, 11:00 am

    Alot of police state worshippers on here. See you fools on the battlefield.

    • me109g4 November 24, 2023, 1:57 pm

      You know “Rouge” is make up right?? Is “Rogue” the word you for looking for?? Imbecile.

      • Rouge1 November 24, 2023, 5:27 pm

        Cool, now personal insults. That’s the blue for YOU.

        • jim November 24, 2023, 9:27 pm

          If you want to bring up insults, take a look at your first post.

          As always, we are asked what we think about the incident. You, instead only make a comment on other posters. Why did you not explain what you think of the shooting?

          People who choose to simply insult others often cannot intelligently express their views, so they choose to insult. It’s much easier.

          • bob November 25, 2023, 1:47 pm

            I don’t see YOU contributing anything but insults….

    • Saint November 24, 2023, 10:38 pm

      See you fools on the battlefield. What battlefield are you talking about?

  • Patriot November 24, 2023, 9:51 am

    Let’s think about this objectively here. Guy walks on the road, then is killed for it. Does the crime fit the killing? As an officer do you have to escalate to the point of shooting? The answer is no, no was was in danger. Thus the officer should have tried lesser means of getting the guy off the road. Get some backup, move vehicles into positions and then apprehend. The LEO was an idiot and put himself and the guy into the dangerous positions they ended up in. Hence this was a bad shoot, but the blue line gang will investigate itself and find no wrong doing. I am pro police and hate all these idiot criminals today, but this time of police work and BS investigations need to stop.

    • Jim February 2, 2024, 3:55 pm

      If you know more than the investigators PLEASE enlighten the rest of us. If not all you are doing is talking out your ass.

  • Mark B Knowlton November 24, 2023, 8:19 am

    Walking in an interstate is prohibited under Federal law, arguing with LEO is stupid, to start with but we are talking California where they have a bunch of “Fruits and Nuts” and not just in the fields, so to pull a weapon on a cop is suicide by cop in my mind. Justified probably, under media scrutiny probably not. JMHO

  • Micheal A. November 22, 2023, 8:25 pm

    As a former armed guard & although I haven’t seen the beforehand going-ons with this CHP on foot highway incident I’d say the CHP action of discharging his firearm was not justified by him first stepping away from the on the ground Nan & then repeatedly shooting him as he walked backwards & away from him. And I did not see the suspect pointing a laser device at the officer while the officer shot him. He should be investigated for a homicide of at least voluntary nansslaughter!

    • Klint p November 24, 2023, 8:53 am

      Had the officer been tased it probably would have ended the other way around. Justified

      • bob November 25, 2023, 1:49 pm

        You don’t know that. Are you an anus? Aw… you ARE an anus, aren’t you??

        • Hondo November 30, 2023, 6:36 am

          Imbecile says what?

  • Idaho November 22, 2023, 9:24 am

    Follow the officer’s orders. Solved!
    Arguing is only legal in court.

    • Steve November 24, 2023, 1:48 pm

      Agreed! #1 Don’t break the law. #2 Don’t resist when dealing with law ENFORCEMENT officers while in the lawful performance of their duties. #3 Don’t EVER produce anything that remotely resembles a weapon and point it at or toward a law enforcement officer… without expecting a lethal force defensive response. Seems pretty logical to me…

      • bob November 25, 2023, 1:50 pm

        Sounds kinda vagina to me. Mebbe you ought to grow a pair. Or at least one…

        • Steve November 25, 2023, 2:00 pm

          Id e ott u are! Surprised you think you know what a vagina is…let alone a bigshot internet brawler like you knowing what balls are…lol. Can’t wait for your next low IQ reply!

        • Hondo December 2, 2023, 4:39 pm

          Bobo sounds like a clown, are you a clown? Yeah you are.

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