Transient apparently opens fire on officer, CalTrans. Shuts down Katella

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Police block off Katella

Part of the 605 Freeway was closed in the Los Alamitos area Thursday morning after someone opened fire at California Highway Patrol officers and a Caltrans crew on the side of the freeway in Orange County.

The shooting was reported near the Katella Avenue exit on the southbound side of the freeway. Rounds appeared to come from brush near the freeway exit ramp.

As California Highway Patrol officers arrived to assist Caltrans workers for maintenance at the off-ramp, someone opened fire on them from a tent under some brush, said CHP Officer Todd Steaffens told NBC4. It’s not clear how many rounds were fired.

No injuries were reported and CHP Public Information Officer Jake Sanchez said a host of agencies were investigating.

Details about the shooter, who is believed to be in a tent, were not immediately available. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Traffic is backing up for miles and the Los Alamitos City Hall was affected. Look for full details in next week’s Event News Enterprise

Photo by Toni Hauger