A Lancaster man who was shot dead by California Highway Patrol officers after claiming he had a gun has been identified.
Aaron Allen Przkeop, 25, was shot shortly after 5 a.m. Friday after crashing on Interstate 5 north of Highway 43, according to the coroner's office. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers were called to a report of a crash and found a vehicle had struck a light pole, passed through the east fence line and come to a rest in a field, according to the Sheriff's Office, which is investigating.
The officers contacted the driver — Przkeop — who told them he had a gun, sheriff's officials said. Officers backed away, and Przkeop got out of the vehicle and approached them. He ignored multiple commands to stop.
Sheriff's officials said Przkeop kept one hand concealed as he continued to move forward. Officers then fired, hitting him. The number of shots fired, and the number that struck Przkeop, have not yet been released.
It also has not been released whether Przkeop had a gun.