Written by AARON CASTREJON
LOS ANGELES - A San Gabriel man was named Friday less than a day after dying by gunfire during a barricade that shut down a huge section of freeway and cause two homes to burn.
Jose Salvador Meza, 35, was identified by Sarah Ardalani of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
Meza died as he began exiting a rear door to a burning home in the 2000 block of Brighton Street in San Gabriel Thursday afternoon. Armed with a shotgun, Meza was hit by gunfire and fell at the door where he was eventually declared dead.
Meza is accused of firing on San Gabriel Police officers just before 12:30 p.m. June 6 when they arrived to investigate a domestic disturbance call.
San Gabriel officers returned fire. Meza barricaded himself and fired his weapon inside the home numerous times during the ordeal.
A fire erupted inside one home at the triplex property. Meza fled to a secondary home, pistol in hand, where a second fire broke out.
Authorities shut down both east and west lanes of the I-10 freeway from San Gabriel Boulevard to Del Mar Avenue out of an abundance of caution.
Meza continued to flee around the property as residents were evacuated, firefighters worked to battle the fires and deputies worked to get Meza to surrender.
During the barricade, Meza allegedly ignited fireworks which were caught on live news as the exploded. Some launched in the air.
Meza armed himself with two handguns before fleeing into one of the burning homes where he found a shotgun.
Homicide investigators have not yet stated if Meza died by deputy gunfire, or if the injuries were self-inflicted.
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