IRVINE – A 27-year-old Riverside man died on Monday night after he was witnessed running in the lanes of the I-5 freeway near Barranca Parkway. Multiple reporting parties reported the incident at around 6:55 p.m., all saying the man, later identified as Mauricio Barron was running in the north and southbound lanes of traffic. The man was struck by a vehicle while in the southbound lanes of traffic but according to CHP Officer Paul Fox, he remained on his feet.
CHP officers arrived and for reasons which remain under investigation, an officer-involved shooting occurred. Officers administered CPR on Barron and he was subsequently was transported to Orange County Global Medical Center, where he died as a result of his injuries.
All southbound lanes were shut down at Highway 133 for several hours. The CHP officer has been placed on administrative leave throughout the investigation. The family of Barron is devastated by the loss of their loved one and is seeking donations through a Go Fund Me memorial account.
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