PRIMM, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A police stand-off near the California-Nevada border prompted officials to shut down both the north and southbound sides of the I-15 freeway Wednesday evening.
At about 7:00 pm, on January 8, 2020, the Nevada Highway Patrol tweeted advising the I-15 was closed in both directions due to police activity and to avoid the area.
At about 8:00 pm, a 2nd tweet from the agency reported the southbound I-15 at Primm/Stateline had re-opened and northbound remained closed.
“The northbound I-15 is closed at Nipton Road in California due to the incident near Primm. All vehicles are forced to exit at Nipton Rd. No time frame for when I-15 northbound will reopen,” stated the NHP Southern Command.
Details into the incident are scarce, however, 8NewsNow.com out of Las Vegas is reporting that California Police were involved in a chase with the suspect. The news station also reported the suspect was wanted for murder after he allegedly killed his mother, a correction officer in CA.
According to multiple sources, multipe rounds were heard and the suspect was confirmed to be deceased inside the vehicle.
Information on if he was shot or if he shot himself was not available at the time of this article.
This is a developing story and additional information will be updated as it becomes available.
UPDATE @ 9:30 PM – The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department tweeted and said investigators are enroute to a lethal force ecnounter on the I-15 fwy just south of the Nevada state Line. The department said information would be released once investigators have confirmed details on the incident.
UPDATE @ 9:40 PM – The California Highway Patrol said the NB I-15 remains closed for an active crime scene investigation and it is unknown when the lanes will reopen. CHP is recommending all motorists travelling north towards Las Vegas, find an alternate route utilizing the I-40 towards Needles, CA or SR 127 towards Pahrump, NV. “Motorists should make sure they have sufficient food/water and their vehicle has plenty of fuel due to the possibility of heavy traffic throughout the area,” stated the CHP.
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