I-15 Standoff Ends In Tragedy

SWAT Team Arrives, Suspect Shoots Himself

A suicidal armed suspect led police on a road pursuit from Riverside County into San Diego County Wednesday, before stopping on Interstate 15, refusing to surrender and shutting down the major roadway.

At about 8 p.m., the standoff ended with the suspect's death, according to 10News. Police say when a SWAT team moved in front of the suspect's vehicle, he took his own life.

Deputies began chasing the man in a silver Chevy Suburban because of a traffic violation, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The motorist sped south on I-15 at up to 90 mph, reaching the San Diego area shortly before 4 p.m., the CHP reported. At times, he held what appeared to be a pistol to his head, according to 10News.

The driver ran over a spike strip north of Escondido and minutes later, the man pulled over near Deer Springs Road.

Pursuing CHP officers stopped about 100 yards behind him and took up positions behind their cruisers.

Authorities had to close I-15 in both directions as the stalemate began, leading to severe congestion in the region. Now that the standoff is over, two of four lanes on the southbound side of the interstate are open. All four northbound lanes are now open.

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