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Highway 91 closure: Suspect dies after standoff in Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) — The suspect who led police on a chase that turned into a tense standoff on Highway 91 in Anaheim, forcing the closure of all lanes in both directions Friday morning, has died.

A few hours after the highway was closed, authorities approached the suspect’s vehicle, which was surrounded by two armored vehicles, and removed one person from the driver’s seat.

According to authorities, the suspect committed suicide. The eastbound lanes of the freeway reopened shortly after, followed by the westbound lanes.

The police chase began in Corona and eventually stopped on the highway.

The suspect, a man in his 40s who was believed to be armed, remained inside a blue sedan for several hours after it stopped in a westbound lane of traffic on the highway. The car was enclosed by two armored vehicles from the Anaheim and Corona police departments.

The closure caused a miles-long traffic jam in both directions as Memorial Day travelers hit the highway.

The police chase began around 8 a.m. when officers located a stalking suspect driving near the intersection of McKinley Street and Griffin Way, a Corona police spokesperson told ABC7.

The suspect refused to stop and a chase ensued that ended on Highway 91 near Lakeview Avenue.

Westbound traffic was being detoured on Imperial Highway, while eastbound motorists were redirected to Highway 55.

Meanwhile, California Highway Patrol officers worked closely with individual drivers who were trapped between the traffic detour and the scene of the confrontation. Those vehicles were being turned around individually and escorted off the freeway.

In addition to three armored vehicles, more than a dozen police and CHP patrol vehicles responded to the barricade situation.

According to Anaheim police, two nearby schools were closed as a result of the incident. Officers were on campuses and coordinating with the school district, and parents were free to pick up their children.

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