Ruben Escarrega Killed by California Highway Patrol

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About 11:30 p.m., Long Beach officers saw a man with a knife walking near the Santa Fe Avenue onramp. CHP officers were called and encountered the man walking on the 405 Freeway just after midnight and tried to get him to drop the knife. The man fled instead of surrendering. About 5 minutes later, the man was located on the 710 Freeway. Officers again tried to get the man to drop the large kitchen knife. A standoff began for about 30 minutes with the man continuing to act erratically. The man allegedly lunged at officers with knife in hand, and officers shot and killed him.

Victim's Name: Ruben Escarrega

Agency Responsible: California Highway Patrol

Gender: Male

Age: 31

Race: Hispanic

Date of Death: May 8, 2020

County: Los Angeles

Cause of Death: Gunshot

Official Disposition: Pending investigation/No Known Charges

Criminal Charges: No known charges

Mental Illness: Unknown

Armed: Allegedly Armed

Weapon: knife

Threat Level: other

Fleeing: Not fleeing

Body Camera: No

Washington Post Database ID: 5800

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