‘Man with a gun’ in custody following hours-long closure of I-15

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DAVIS COUNTY (News4Utah) – Interstate 15 was re-opened Monday night after it was closed for hours due to a police incident.

The incident began when Clearfield police officers were dealing with a situation that eventually moved over onto the interstate.

Utah Highway Patrol said the officers were talking to a man at the bottom of an on-ramp. Troopers said the man, later identified as Christopher Scott Lewis, 35, of Grantsville, held a weapon to his own head. 

As officers gave him verbal commands to drop his weapon, he made his way up the ramp along the freeway. Once on the freeway, troopers said Lewis walked erratically between north and southbound lanes.

Troopers said Lewis never threatened officers or members of the public, only himself.

UHP’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) was called out to help resolve the incident.  Troopers eventually used a “less-lethal” munition to incapacitate the subject, then deployed a K9 to subdue him, and finally, officers were able to put handcuffs on Lewis. 

No officers were injured in the incident and Clearfield police said the situation ended with minor injuries to Lewis. 

The freeway was reopened around 9:15 p.m.

During the closure, Utah Department of Transportation urged drivers to use I-84 and US-89, and SR-126 as alternate north and southbound routes. The extra congestion caused major delays throughout the evening.

 If you or someone you know needs help, there’s the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For more information, visit utahsuicideprevention.org.

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