Southbound I-5 reopened after fatal CHP shooting near Dunsmuir

DUNSMUIR, Calif. - All but one southbound and northbound lane on Interstate 5 have been reopened as of 1:40 p.m. at Mott Road in Siskiyou County.

Traffic was slowed in the area after a deadly officer-involved shooting Thursday morning.

According to a news release from the CHP, officers were involved in a shooting at the end of a pursuit on Interstate 5.

Investigators said it started at 6:53 a.m. when officers stopped to check on a motorist who was parked on the right shoulder of southbound I-5, north of North Weed Boulevard in Weed.

Officers said they contacted the man driving the 2004 Chevy Malibu, and spotted a gun in the car.

That's when officers said the man sped away and they started the pursuit. The chase continued approximately 16 miles south on the interstate. Officers used a spike-strip and the Chevy came to a stop in the center divider at Mott Road north of Dunsmuir.

The CHP said the man driving the vehicle pointed a gun at officers. Officers returned fire and the suspect was killed. The driver was the only person in the car. The man's name was not immediately released.

The southbound lanes are closed at Mott Road and will remain closed until mid-day due to the police investigation. A detour is in place using the Mott Road off-ramp.

The CHP's Critical Incident Investigative Team (CIT) and Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office are conducting the investigation.

Motorists are asked to use caution in the area and expect delays into the evening hours. 

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