LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 95 have reopened after being closed most of the morning after a suspect was hit and killed on the highway after running from police.
Southbound lanes reopened just after 10 a.m., more than five hours after the incident began at a restaurant in the 7000 block of West Craig Road. The highway was closed from Craig Road to Cheyenne Avenue during the investigation.
Police were called to a report of a “person with a knife” at about 4:30 a.m. Monday.
“Arriving officers observed the suspect outside of the business and began issuing him verbal commands,” according to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department news release. “The suspect initially complied but then fled on foot with officers in chase.”
Police said the suspect jumped the freeway wall and began crossing the highway when he was hit by a vehicle in the southbound lanes.
The suspect was declared dead at the scene.
The investigation snarled traffic in the northwest valley as drivers went to work on Monday.
The cause and manner of death will be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone who was involved or knows any information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Force Investigation Team at 702-828-8452. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.