Highway 126 has been re-opened, after it was revealed that the police pursuit has been finished, though it did lead to a dead suspect. Currently, details on the suspect are slim, with officers only using the term suspect to identify the person. More details will be revealed soon, especially now that a death has been confirmed as part of the case.
According to KVal, the highway has been closed for some time after the incident that involved a police shooting. Travelers were advised to avoid the area for now, and take alternative routes to their destination for their own safety. The City of Florence said, “Hwy 126 is closed eastbound at Spruce Street, and Munsel Lake Road is closed at North Fork Road.”
The Seattle Times stated that the suspect opened fire on the officers, and they fired back in retaliation. Some officers were injured during the incident, though said injuries were not caused by gunfire from the suspect. It’s not clear why the suspect’s details have been closed off to the public, though more information should come to pass soon.
While Highway 126 is now open for travel, it was closed for some time due to the aforementioned incident. On Saturday evening, plenty of officers surrounded the scene, including members of The Lane County Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team, The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Florence Police Department. It must have been a hectic evening to say the least, since it took more than a day to assess the situation, even though it lead to a suspect’s death.
“We anticipate a (news) release tomorrow (Monday) afternoon,” said public information officer Lt. Cari Boyd. This was the answer give, after an email was sent for more information regarding the situation. It looks like everyone will find out what exactly went down sooner than later.