DPS

Interstate 10 in eastern La Paz County was shut down for several hours the evening of July 20 due to a standoff between law enforcement and a man who was believed to be suicidal and heavily armed.

The incident began that afternoon. Arizona Department of Public Safety Spokesman Bart Graves said the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office sent word to them that a suicidal suspect was believed to be headed for Arizona. He had made threats and was believed to be heavily armed.

An “Attempt to Locate” notice was sent out for the suspect.

At approximately 4 p.m., DPS Troopers located the suspect and his vehicle at I-10 and Hovatter Road, which is about 30 miles east of Quartzsite. Graves said the suspect did not cooperate with commands from the troopers. The decision was made to close I-10 at 4:30 p.m. Additional officers, including La Paz County Sheriff’s Deputies, were dispatched to the scene.

Graves said the decision to close the freeway was due to concerns about public safety as they had reason to believe the suspect had a large number of weapons.

Traffic was rerouted over Salome Road and U.S. Route 60.

At 8:15 p.m., the suspect surrendered peacefully without incident. Graves said he was taken into custody and booked into the La Paz County Jail.

Interstate 10 was reopened shortly before 9 p.m.

Graves said he did not have the name of the suspect as of Sunday afternoon. He said more information on this incident would likely be available during the week.

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