Interstate 70 was shut down for hours on Tuesday as law enforcement searched - and eventually apprehended - a stabbing suspect near the highway in Garfield County, according to law enforcement.
The Garfield County Sheriff's Office and Colorado State Patrol responded to a possible stabbing around 11 a.m. near the West Rifle Exit on I-70. According to the Sheriff's Office, law enforcement soon discovered the suspect ran into the hills near the interstate and may have even been suffering from a knife wound.
In an abundance of caution - as some reports said the suspect was armed - CSP and Garfield County deputies shut down the interstate between exit 87 and the Rulison exit to avoid any chance of a gunfight near the highway.
At first, deputies tried to talk the man into custody and get him to surrender - but after that went nowhere, the Garfield County All Hazards Response Team (a type of SWAT) was sent into the hills to bring the man into custody, the Sheriff's Office said.
No shots were fired and three and a half hours after arriving on scene, the suspect was in custody, authorities said. I-70 East was reopened right at 2:30 p.m. I-70 West reopened a little later because operational equipment needed to be cleared from the highway.
No one was hurt in the incident, the Sheriff's Office said.
The investigation into what the suspect did and what charges may be filed is ongoing.