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UPDATE: Man with knives caused Interstate 15 closure Wednesday morning

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Posted at 5:26 AM, Aug 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-12 09:31:33-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Police activity closed a portion of Interstate 15 early Wednesday morning.

Nevada Highway Patrol says it received a call for service near I-15 and Lake Mead Boulevard and at about 2:26 a.m. North Las Vegas Police Department was asked to assist.

Police found a man who was armed with two knives and appeared suicidal, according to NHP. The freeway was shut down in both directions.

NLVPD then took over the scene and investigation.

Officers attempted to deescalate the situation and NLVPD’s Crisis Negotiation Team were called to the scene. After several hours, the man was taken into custody by NLVPD.

The man was later identified as 34-year-old Ivan Alonzo from Texas.

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He was taken to a local hospital for medical clearance due to self-inflicted injuries.

Alonzo is being charged with Assault with Deadly Weapon against Protected Person among other charges.

No further information was immediately released but stay with us for the latest traffic reports.

This was a live look at the traffic backup the situation was causing on I-15 after 7 a.m.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada updated the situation just before 8 a.m. reporting I-15 has reopened after the hours-long closure.