Po­lice kill mur­der sus­pect; In­ter­state 15 traf­fic snarled

Antelope Valley Press - - NEWS -

NIPTON, Calif. (AP) — A 27-year-old man killed his mother and drove about 200 miles through the Mo­jave Desert be­fore he was fa­tally shot by po­lice on In­ter­state 15, strand­ing mo­torists for up to 19 hours and back­ing up traf­fic for miles on the main route be­tween South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and Las Ve­gas, au­thor­i­ties said.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan Wed­nes­day when Kern County deputies found 55-year-old Guadalupe Adams dead with “trau­matic in­juries” in Te­hachapi.

Kern County deputies be­lieved an “armed and dan­ger­ous” man — iden­ti­fied as the woman’s son, Madi­son Adams — driv­ing a 2017 Nis­san was in­volved in the killing and asked the San Bern­dard­ino Sher­iff’s Depart­ment to watch out for him.

Of­fi­cers from the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol found the Nis­san stopped on the free­way’s shoul­der in Nipton, which is near the Ne­vada state line. Au­thor­i­ties from CHP, San Bernardino and the Ne­vada High­way Pa­trol con­ducted a “high­risk” traf­fic stop.

Of­fi­cers from each agency opened fire, ac­cord­ing to San Bernardino sher­iff’s spokes­woman Cindy Bach­man. Madi­son Adams was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

The mo­tive be­hind the killing was not im­me­di­ately dis­closed.

Bach­man did not have de­tails about the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the shoot­ing on Thurs­day, such as if Madi­son Adams was armed when he was shot.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion closed the north­bound I-15 on the Cal­i­for­nia side through 3 p.m. Thurs­day and caused a backup be­tween five and eight miles long. Some mo­torists were forced to sit at the road­block through the night and much of Thurs­day.

The Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol’s on­line traf­fic log re­ported that two ve­hi­cles ran out of gas on the free­way.

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