A California Highway Patrol officer wounded a man who attacked him on the San Gabriel River Freeway near Washington Boulevard Thursday morning, causing delays to late-morning commuters and forcing authorities to close a portion of the freeway.
Raymond Michel, 29, of Whittier was taken to Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital with a bullet wound in his left knee after the 10:09 a.m. shooting, a CHP spokesman said. CHP Officer Art Terrazas was not hurt.
As authorities began investigating the scene, traffic backed up 3 1/2 miles, forcing authorities to close southbound lanes and divert traffic as far north as the Pomona Freeway.
Terrazas arrived at the scene after hearing reports that a man was walking along the freeway's northbound carpool lane, a CHP spokesman said. As Terrazas got off his motorcycle, Michel leaped over the center divider and began pounding on the officer's motorcycle with his fists, authorities said.