- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The latest on the police shooting of a suspect that shut down both sides of Interstate 5 in Los Angeles.

9 p.m.

A little bit of traffic relief has come after a police chase and shooting shut down one of California’s busiest freeways at one of the worst possible times.

The Highway Patrol says two lanes are now open on the southbound side of Interstate 5 in LA’s San Fernando Valley on Monday night, hours after the entire freeway was shut down in both directions. The northbound side remains entirely closed and is likely to stay that way for a few hours more.

The shutdown came when police pursued then shot and critically injured a man they say was wanted in a series of violent crimes in the Los Angeles area in the past month. Traffic was backed up for miles in both directions and hundreds of cars were stranded during the emergency response and investigation.


5 p.m.

A man critically wounded in an officer-involved shooting on a Los Angeles-area freeway following a police pursuit and a crash has been identified as a suspect wanted in a series of violent crimes, including murder.

Los Angeles Police Officer Jane Kim identified the suspect wounded in Monday’s shooting as 32-year-old Artyom Gasparyan.

Detectives had been asking for the public’s help to find Gasparyan, whom they described as armed and dangerous.

Police say Gasparyan is suspected in a series of crimes in the Los Angeles area beginning Dec. 6, including the Dec. 30 shooting death of a 37-year-old man found lying near a car.

Monday’s shooting, on Interstate 5 in the San Fernando Valley, shut down all lanes of the freeway, causing traffic to back up for miles during rush hour.


4:15 p.m.

A shooting involving police has shut down all lanes of a busy Los Angeles-area interstate, causing major traffic backups during rush hour.

The California Highway Patrol says all lanes of Interstate 5 in the San Fernando Valley were shut down Monday afternoon.

Officer Jane Kim, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department, says the officer-involved shooting happened after a vehicle pursuit.

Several damaged cars could be seen in the area of the shooting.

Kim says it’s unclear whether anyone was hit, though witnesses at the scene reported a suspect was shot. She had no further details.

Traffic is backed up for miles in both directions along the freeway, with many drivers stranded and some trying to turn around and reach off-ramps.

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