FULLERTON (AP) — One man was killed and another was wounded after California Highway Patrol officers say they opened fire after a motorist they were following drove at them in Fullerton, authorities said Monday.
The shooting happened during a surveillance operation late Sunday at an intersection near the Orange County city’s airport, according to CHP Capt. David Moeller.
When the officers, who were undercover and in an unmarked vehicle, tried to stop the car the driver made a U-turn and drove directly at them, the CHP and Fullerton police said.
Officers opened fire, killing the 19-year-old driver, police spokeswoman Kathryn Hamel told City News Service. The 18-year-old passenger, who was shot in the arm, was treated at a hospital and released pending further investigation.
Authorities did not immediately say why the officers attempted to stop the car or why the men were being followed. The surveillance began earlier Sunday in Los Angeles, about 25 miles to the north, Hamel said.
No officers were hurt.
The shooting was under investigation.