(ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif.) An Alameda County Sheriff's Office recruit died after being shot on the freeway Tuesday afternoon and crashing into a guardrail.
California Highway Patrol responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 580 at the Interstate 80 westbound merge around 4:30 p.m. Responding officers found one man in the vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound, according to reporting from The San Francisco Chronicle.
He was transported to a local hospital but succumbed to his wounds. It's unclear exactly where the recruit was shot.
The man's identity has not yet been released but officials indicated they believed he was shot and then swerved into the guardrail.
“Our Deputies have just loaded the body of our young police academy recruit for a law enforcement procession from Highland Hospital to our Coroner’s Bureau. We are heartbroken and disturbed by this senseless act of gun violence,” sheriff’s officials said on Twitter.
The recruit would have graduated from the academy at the end of the month, according to KPIX. California Highway Patrol - Golden Gate Division is taking the lead on the investigation and any information the public has regarding the shooting can be directed to that office.
A portion of the freeway was closed while officers investigated the shooting. All lanes were reopened by 8:30 p.m.
"You see these stories all the time, sadly," Sgt. J.D. Nelson told KTVU late Tuesday evening. "As a guy whose grown up here, it’s hard for me to believe all these acts of violence happen, repeatedly, over and over and over again. And today it hit home. And it’s just awful. Awful."
Anyone with information to please contact the Investigation Tip Line at (707) 917-4491.