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State Trooper Struggles With, Kills Pedestrian Along L.A. Freeway

Updated: Nov 23, 2023

A California highway patrol officer shot and killed 34-year-old aspiring actor Jesse Dominguez on Sunday on a Los Angeles highway, the Guardian reports. Dominguez was walking along the westbound lanes of Interstate 105 in south Los Angeles county when the deadly encounter unfolded, the California highway patrol said. A video captured by a passerby and posted online showed the officer on top of Dominguez as the two fought on the pavement.

Authorities said an officer responding to the scene tried to convince Dominguez to leave the highway, but he refused. As the pair struggled on the ground, Dominguez allegedly grabbed the officer’s Taser and used it on him, the CHP said in a statement. “Following the pedestrian’s use of the weapon against the officer, and in fear for his safety, the officer fired his service weapon.” The video shows the officer got up and continuing to fire even as Dominguez laid on the ground. Dominguez was pronounced dead at a hospital. Dominguez's family told the Los Angeles Times that he was an aspiring actor who struggled with homelessness, mental health issues and substance use disorder and had been staying at a sober-living facility near the highway.


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