Police kill murder suspect; Interstate 15 traffic snarled
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.