Interstate 70 is back open tonight after a 3 1/2 hour closure from West Rifle to Rulison.
Garfield County Authorities said in a news release it all started around 11:00 AM when Garfield County Deputies and CSP responded to a call of a possible stabbing incident in the vicinity of the West Rifle Exit along I-70.
As cops were investigating, they found one person had fled to the nearby hillside and had positioned himself in a rocky area approximately a couple hundred yards from the Interstate.
Initial reports also indicated that the individual might have a knife wound. It was unclear as to whether or not he had a firearm.
Because the suspect was so close to the interstate and the potential for a "catastrophic event should there be an exchange of gunfire" law enforcement decided it was in the best interest of public safety to close the interstate as well as US 6.
Law Enforcement tried to verbally negotiate with the suspect and ask him to surrender. He refused.
The Garfield County All Hazards Response Team was deployed to bring the individual down from the hillside. He has not yet been identified by authorities.
No shots were fired and by 2:30 the suspect was in custody; eastbound I-70 as well as US Highway 6 was reopened.
After being closed for nearly 3 hours, Interstate 70 near Rifle is back open, and a suspect is in custody according to authorities. No one was injured during the operation.
We're expecting to learn more in a news release from the Garfield County Sheriff's Office. We'll post it as soon as we have it.
Update as of 2:23
Suspect in custody. I-70 Eastbound will open momentarily.
As of 12:30 the Garfield County Emergency Management Facebook page said, "We have a suspect on the hillside in the area. He is possibly armed we are trying to talk him down."
Closure still in effect.
According to the Garfield County Sheriff's Office I-70 and US Highway 6 are closed in both directions from West Rifle (MM 87) to Rulison (MM 81).
Developing: I-70 between Rifle to Parachute is closed due to law enforcement activity.
We're updating with details as we learn more.