UPDATE: High-Risk Traffic Stop Leads to 101 Closure in Del Norte

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Caltrans traffic camera shows the backup. - CALTRANS
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About 3:40 p.m., law enforcement attempting to stop a vehicle with a man holding a firearm to his head and threatening to shoot himself closed down U.S. Highway 101 between mile markers 14 and 22 in Del Norte County north of Last Chance Grade, according to information over the scanner.

Officers successfully laid down spike strips and punctured the man’s tires. According to a post on the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office Facebook at 5:30 p.m., “Due to the amount of traffic, the closure has been extended to Hwy 101 and Humboldt Rd in Crescent City. Please continue to avoid the area, there is no ETA for re-opening at this time.”

UPDATE 8:53 p.m.: About 7:50 p.m., the Crescent City CHP posted on their Facebook, “We are currently negotiating with an armed subject for a peaceful resolution. At this time there is not estimated time for opening and no detour available around this location. We will update as soon as the highway is reopened. Thank you for your patience and please avoid this area.”

UPDATE: 9:30 a.m.: The situation was resolved peacefully after a negotiating team from pelican Bay State Prison was brought in defuse the situation. The man surrendered safely around 2:30 a.m. and the highway re-opened about an hour later.

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