A man wanted on felony charges in San Jose died early Thursday when he was shot on I-5 near Stockton after he threatened police officers with a knife, authorities said.
California Highway Patrol Officer Rich Wetzel said the incident began with a police pursuit on Highway 99 of a man wanted in connection with an attempted murder in San Jose.
Stockton police spokesman Joe Silva says the shooting occurred after his agency received a call for assistance with a vehicle pursuit from the California Highway Patrol around 1 a.m. Thursday.
Silva said the man’s vehicle became disabled after getting onto I-5. He then allegedly got out wielding a knife, prompting a Stockton police officer to fire several rounds. The man was struck at least once and pronounced dead at a hospital.
The 43-year-old suspect was wanted in connection with an attempted homicide out of San Jose and on suspicion of domestic violence in Merced.
The shooting investigation has forced the closure of a portion of southbound I-5. Authorities said a portion of the busy north-south artery would be closed for several hours.