Major freeway reopens as hours-long standoff ends near San Diego


SAN DIEGO – AUGUST 31: Traffic moves along the I-5 in San Diego, California on August 31, 2006.  (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:40 PM PT – Wednesday, May 26, 2021

All lanes of a major Southern California freeway are reportedly back open and running as an hours-long police standoff has come to an end.

The standoff ensued early Wednesday, 50 miles south of Camp Pendleton, when police tried to pull over a suspect wanted for assault. The man led officers on a high-speed chase on Interstate 5 before coming to a stop in northbound lanes. Police worked vigilantly to try and stop the suspect, using spike strips and calling in a SWAT team.

The freeway was completely shutdown in both directions for hours. It finally reopened after, according to the police, the man shot himself inside his SUV. He had reportedly been wanted since Tuesday night after a naked woman flagged down officers and told them her boyfriend assaulted her. By the time police responded to the scene, the assailant had already fled.

The man’s identity has not been released and his condition is unknown at this time. However, an investigation is underway.

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