A Southern California man who was on the run after killing one person and shooting two relatives over the weekend was killed by police Monday in a busy highway, authorities said.
Jesse Medrano, 35, was shot dead around 8:40 a.m. in the Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood. The California Highway Patrol has not released many details about the shooting.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday’s shooting occurred on Interstate 105 near the Interstate 710 intersection. A Highway Patrol spokesman said the agency received a call just before noon. 7 about a disabled vehicle on the highway.
A responding power plant officer drove the license plate of the car, which came back as reported stolen.
The deputy ran Medrano’s information, which he said he wanted in connection with a killing. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies also arrived at the scene prior to the shooting, the CHP said.
At one point, Medrano pulled out a gun and opened fire on law enforcement agencies, Fox-affiliated KTTV reported.
Officers set fire back and hit the suspect. Medrano was taken to a hospital where he later died. A CHP officer was wounded with a grazing wound to the head from shrapnel and was treated on the spot.
Footage from a Fox Los Angeles helicopter showed the suspect on the highway holding what appeared to be a gun.
Medrano had been on the run since Sunday when he killed 61-year-old Ruben Marrufo during a fight with family members in southern Los Angeles, Los Angeles police said.
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He allegedly killed Marrufo and shot two others and fled in a vehicle that was later abandoned. He then drove another vehicle into a nearby suburb, authorities said. The two shooters remained hospitalized.
A 51-year-old man was listed in critical condition, the LAPD told Fox News, and a woman, 50, was in critical condition. The department did not disclose Medrano’s relationship with the victims.