Gorman, CA – A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a man who had dragged him down a busy highway during a traffic stop in northwestern Los Angeles County on Wednesday.
Authorities said the incident began at about 12:15 p.m. on Aug. 11 during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 a mile north of Templin Highway near Castaic, the LA Daily News reported.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Deputy Alejandra Parra said the deputy made the driver get out of his car and was escorting him to the sheriff’s patrol vehicle when the man suddenly broke free of his grasp and took off.
Deputy Parra said the driver ran up the embankment and back to his car, the Associated Press reported.
The deputy pursued the fleeing driver and caught up with him at the door of his vehicle, the LA Daily News reported.
Deputy Parra said that was when an “altercation occurred” between the deputy and the driver.
The suspect drove off, dragging the deputy with him, the LA Daily News reported.
“The suspect crashed through a chain-link fence leading to the southbound I-5 shoulder,” Deputy Parra told reporters at a briefing at the scene. “He then crashed again through the fence back to the frontage road and a deputy involved shooting occurred.”
Officials said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene, the LA Daily News reported.
Authorities have not released the name of the man who dragged the officer.
Deputy Parra said that deputies recovered a handgun at the scene “where the suspect was sitting,” the LA Daily News reported.
The injured deputy was transported to the hospital for treatment and later released.
LASD has not publicly identified the injured deputy, the Associated Press reported.