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OAKLAND - An active investigation into a late-night gunbattle on Interstate 580 between a lone man and California Highway Patrol officers has forced a hard closure between several exits early Sunday, authorities said.
Traffic is expected to return to westbound lanes of Interstate 580 by 3 p.m., according to a CHP Sig-alert update just before 11 a.m. Sunday.
The driver, identified only as a 45-year-old white male with a listed address in Groveland in Tuolumne County, wore body armor and carried at least one handgun and several rifles. The man was shot several times and was taken by ambulance to Highland Hospital, where he was listed early Sunday in stable condition, said CHP officer Sam Morgan.
The shooting was first reported just after midnight, when a CHP officer radioed for assistance saying "that someone was shooting at one of their officers," according to Oakland police dispatch supervisor
Shortly before midnight, CHP officers spotted a white Toyota truck westbound on Interstate 580 just west of the 14th Avenue/Park Boulevard exit that was speeding and weaving from lane to lane, according to Morgan.
Officers hailed the truck via public-address system to leave the highway at Lakeshore Avenue, but it finally stopped just west of Grand Avenue.
"As one of our officers approached the vehicle, he saw the driver reach for a handgun," Morgan said. "The officer retreated to his car."
As CHP officers arrived to offer backup, the truck driver opened up with gunfire and traded rounds with officers for several minutes. After a brief attempt to leave the truck, he was hit by several police bullets.
The incident forced Caltrans to close westbound Interstate 580 at the 14th Avenue/Park Boulevard exit and eastbound I-580 at Harrison Street. Drivers are advised to avoid the highway, Morgan said.
We will update this story as we receive more information.
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