Police Standoff Shuts Down All Lanes of 91 Freeway


91 Freeway Grounded by Tense Standoff

Anaheim Hills, CA – The morning commute for Orange County residents turned into a traffic nightmare as the 91 Freeway was shut down in both directions near Anaheim Hills due to an armed and dangerous suspect standoff.

Precision Pursuit

On Friday morning, LA News Center reported that a suspect, pursued by the Corona Police Department after a domestic incident, engaged in a tense standoff with officers from multiple agencies, including the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office and Anaheim Police. Authorities confirmed that the suspect was barricaded inside a blue sedan on the westbound lanes of the freeway, holding officers at bay.

Traffic Turbulence

Caltrans District 12 announced via social media that all westbound lanes were closed at Imperial Highway, while the eastbound side was halted at Lakeview Avenue. Traffic ground to a standstill for miles, stretching patience thin as the situation unfolded.

Safety Precautions

As a precautionary measure, nearby schools Crescent Elementary and Crescent Primary were placed under lockdown. The incident also prompted the closure of three lanes on Imperial Highway overcrossing the 91 Freeway.

Swift Response, Coordinated Action

At 8:20 a.m., the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was notified about the barricaded suspect. As of 11 a.m., numerous police vehicles were seen boxing in the scene, including heavily armored SWAT units.

Limited Details, Evolving Situation

No injuries have been reported so far, and there have been no accounts of any shots fired. Authorities have yet to release additional details, including the suspect’s identity or the nature of the domestic incident that initially sparked the pursuit.

Note to Commuters:

The 91 Freeway remains closed in both directions between Lakeview Avenue and Imperial Highway. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and expect significant delays. LA News Center will provide updates as they become available.

Data sourced from: ktla.com