California Highway Patrol officers shot and killed a man Friday morning who approached them while claiming to have a gun and ignoring their commands, authorities said.

The shooting occurred on northbound Interstate 5 north of Highway 43, according to Kern County sheriff's spokeswoman Angela Monroe. The Sheriff's Office is investigating in partnership with the CHP and the District Attorney's office. 

Monroe said the man has not yet been identified. 

The incident began shortly before 5 a.m. when 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 came to a rest in a field, Monroe said.

The officers contacted the driver, who told them he had a gun, Monroe said. Officers backed away.

The man then got out of the vehicle and began approaching them, refusing commands to stop, Monroe said. He kept one hand concealed as he continued to move forward. 

Officers then fired. It was not immediately released how many shots were fired, and how many struck the man. 

Medical aid was performed but the man died at the scene. The officers were unharmed. 

Monroe said the investigation is in its early stages and more information will be released soon. It was not released if a firearm was recovered from the man. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 861-3110. 

(7) comments

ReefRanger

Sounds like he had a "suicide by cop" wish.

Cookcook

Guess they should of said it in spanish but purposely did not?

Patricia Edna

You were there?

BanditIvy

I love the smell of gene pool cleaner in the morning

NALISON

It's really too bad and sad. I wish he would have complied with officers commands.

JR

Was the man Black by any chance?

Django

He may have said he had some gum.

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