Los Alamitos

Shots Fired at CHP Officers and Caltrans Crew on Side of Orange County Freeway

Traffic backed up for miles as officers closed the freeway to search for the shooter.

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A man was found dead Thursday in the vicinity of where shots were fired in a confrontation with California Highway Patrol officers and Caltrans workers at a 605 Freeway ramp in Los Alamitos, prompting an hours-long closure of the southbound lanes.

The shooting was reported near the Katella Avenue exit on the southbound side of the freeway. Rounds appeared to come from brush near the freeway exit ramp.

As California Highway Patrol officers arrived to assist Caltrans workers for maintenance at the off-ramp, someone opened fire on them from a tent under some brush, said CHP Officer Todd Steaffens. It's not clear how many rounds were fired.

Later, at the scene, CHP Officer Duane Graham said: "Two of our officers made contact with a male -- an adult male -- and at that time an officer-involved shooting occurred." Authorities did not say who fired the shots.

The body of the man believed to be the suspect was found about 1 p.m. amid heavy brush, Steaffens said.

No other injuries were reported.

The freeway was briefly shut down in both directions Thursday morning. The northbound lanes were soon reopened, but all southbound lanes remained closed from Carson Street to the 405 Freeway through early afternoon, resulting in major traffic woes for motorists trying to maneuver around the area.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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