News Update!!: Baker, CA: Suspects involved in shooting with California Highway Patrol and closing Interstate 15 are in police custody.
ZachNews has learned from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol that 2 suspects have been taken into police custody involved in a shooting with California Highway Patrol on Friday, January 6th, 2017 along Interstate 15 near Baker, California which lead to the closing of Interstate 15 in both directions for hours.
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According to Adam Carmichall of the California Highway Patrol, at approximately 2:18am PT on Friday, January 6th, 2017, the California Highway Patrol initiated enforcement stop on a speeding vehicle traveling northbound on interstate 15 north of Baker California.
A short pursuit ensued and the suspect vehicle fired shots at the pursuing officers.
The suspect vehicle became disabled in the median on interstate 15 near Halloran Summit Road.
Both northbound and southbound interstate 15 have been closed.
Authorities tried for several hours to get the driver out of the car with no response.
Hours later, as officers approached the car, they found that there was nobody inside the car.
The 2 California Highway Patrol Officers were not injured as a result of the shooting, Interstate 15 was completely reopened around 1:15pm PT, and law enforcement began searching for suspects.
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According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 11:19pm PT on Friday, January 6th, 2017, the Barstow Sheriff’s Station received a call for assistance from the California Highway Patrol regarding the suspects wanted in connection with the shooting incident earlier in the day at Interstate 15 near Halloran Summit Road.
Deputies responded to a ranch on Cima Road west of Interstate 15 where the suspects were believed to be hiding in an abandoned building.
Deputies in addition to officers from the California Highway Patrol responded to the area and established a perimeter.
Due to the danger perceived by responding officer’s because of the earlier shooting by a suspect with an AK47, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Specialized Enforcement Division, along with 2 armored rescue vehicles/bearcats responded to the location, to search the property.
As deputies in the armored rescue vehicle approached what appeared to be an unoccupied vehicle, 2 subjects were observed sleeping in the vehicle.
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PA announcements were given from the armored rescue vehicle/bearcat, waking up the occupants.
Deputies observed the male suspect reaching for an object inside the vehicle, then look up at the armored rescue vehicle and put the object down.
The male suspect then exited the vehicle and surrendered peacefully.
The 2 suspects were taken into police custody without further incident after being found hiding in an abandoned vehicle on a ranch on Cima Road.
The 2 suspects were turned over to officers of the California Highway Patrol.
A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in 6 firearms being located.
The use of the armored rescue vehicle/bearcat proved to attribute to the surrender of the suspect who, earlier in the day was involved in the shooting against 2 California Highway Patrol Officers.
At approximately 7:00am PT on Saturday, January 7th, 2017, the 2 suspects involved in the shooting incident with the California Highway Patrol surrendered and were taken into police custody without incident.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department have identified the suspects as 34 year old Sean Winter of Nevada and 22 year old Samantha Ross-Blume of Minnesota.
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