DIXON, Calif. — Over the weekend, a 29-year old Black man by the name of Karl Walker was shot and killed by California Highway Patrol officers just off the Dixon Avenue exit on I-80.
According to the Solano County District Attorney’s Office, the officers were responding to a single-car crash involving Walker. A statement released by Black Lives Matter Sacramento said Walker was out of gas and needed help.
“They are withholding information from the family.” Tanya Faison wrote.
The officers allege Walker “suddenly drew a loaded firearm and threatened the officer’s safety.”
Unsuccessful life saving measures were reportedly given to Walker, who later died of multiple gunshot wounds.
The shooting prompted a large halt in traffic with westbound lanes on I-80 being closed for hours.
The Solano County Major Crimes Task Force is conducting an independent investigation of the shooting. Walker’s family is currently raising money for his funeral costs.
“My uncle was a loving father to his beautiful 3 year old daughter, a wonderful son to his mother, a great brother and the best uncle to his nieces and nephews” Walker’s nephew, Jami Noelle, wrote.
The District Attorney’s office has not released any further information.
A press conference will be held by Black Lives Matter Sacramento on February 8th at the CHP headquarters at 601 N 7th Street.