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91 Freeway in O.C. reopens after 2-hour standoff; suspect in custody

May 5, 2016

An hours-long pursuit and standoff that forced the closure of the 91 Freeway in Anaheim came to an end Thursday night with authorities firing tear gas into a black Mercedes-Benz and taking the driver into custody.

Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt confirmed to The Times that the unidentified suspect was taken into custody shortly before 9:40 p.m.

Both directions of the freeway were reopened shortly after 10 p.m., after being closed for about two hours, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Aerial footage showed a throng of police vehicles surrounding the stopped car, which was linked to a gun assault, according to Lt. Daniel Holguin of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department.

A SWAT team from the Sheriff’s Department  and Anaheim Police Department’s specialized “rapid response” team assisted in detaining the suspect, whose identity was not released.

UPDATE

10:44 p.m.: This story was updated with the CHP using spike strips to flatten the vehicle’s tires.

10:14 p.m.: This story was updated with the freeway reopening.

9:46 p.m.: This story was updated with the driver being taken into custody.

8:37 p.m.: This story was updated with comments from Anaheim Police Department.

8:32 p.m.: This story was updated with comments from Lt. Daniel Holguin of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department.

8:20 p.m.: This story was updated with additional details.

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