UPDATED: I-70 open near Rifle after suspect apprehended
RIFLE — Sections of Interstate 70 and US Highway 6 have been closed due to police activity near Rifle.
The two roads were both closed in each direction between West Rifle and Rulison, first reported at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday due to a “law enforcement situation,” according to a Garfield 911 alert.
Garfield County Sheriff’s Office reported the following on Facebook at 12:31 p.m. — “We have a suspect on the hillside in the area. He is possibly armed. We are trying to talk him down.”
The closure is between Mile Marker 81 at Rulison and West Rifle’s MM 87, I-70 westbound, according to the alert. Highway 6 is closed both directions in West Rifle.
Garfield County Public Information Officer provided an update as of 2 p.m.
“We hope to have the suspect in custody within the next 10-15 minutes,” the agency said. “If and when that happens we will open I-70 EB first.”
A further update at 2:20 p.m. said the suspect had been apprehended. The interstate’s eastbound lane was opened with the westbound following.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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