1 Killed, 1 Wounded When CHP Officers Open Fire During Traffic Stop in Fullerton

One person was killed and another was wounded when undercover California Highway Patrol officers opened fire during a traffic stop in Fullerton Sunday night, officials said.

The shooting occurred about 10:50 p.m. at Pritchard and Commonwealth avenues near the Fullerton Municipal Airport, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Undercover CHP officers began following a vehicle in LA County and tried to stop the red pickup truck at a dead end in Fullerton. The driver then made a U-turn and allegedly drove directly at officers, Sgt. Kathryn Hamel with the Fullerton Police Department said.

The officers got out of their vehicles and opened fire, killing the driver. The passenger, who was shot in the arm, was taken into custody and then treated at a hospital for his injuries. 

"The officers felt like their lives were in danger and that's why they fired upon the vehicle," Hamel said.

It is unknown why the officers attempted to stop the vehicle. 

No officers were hurt.

The shooting was under investigation.

Contact Us