An early morning traffic collision on eastbound Interstate 10 in Indio resulted in California Highway Patrol officers opening fire on a man near the scene, forcing the closure of westbound lanes while an investigation was conducted.
The CHP officers responded to a traffic accident on eastbound I-10 near Jefferson Street shortly before 5 a.m., according to Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron.
A pickup truck had crashed into the center rail, and the officers saw a man — possibly the driver — under the overpass bridge, he said.
“Something happened that turned it into an officer-involved shooting,” he said.
The suspected truck driver was treated by paramedics and taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs in unknown condition. It was unclear if he was injured in the shooting or in the crash. The two officers weren’t hurt, Guitron said.
“We don’t know what took place between the officers and the person, but it did turn into a shooting incident,” he said.
Authorities shut down westbound I-10 at Jefferson and diverted freeway traffic on and off Jefferson. The freeway was expected to be reopened later this morning, Guitron said.
The Indio Police Department is investigating the shooting and the CHP is investigating the crash, Guitron said.