15 Freeway in Lake Elsinore Area Temporarily Closed After Shots Fired During Pursuit

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One person is detained by authorities following a pursuit on Jan. 11, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

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The southbound 15 Freeway in the Lake Elsinore area was temporary closed after shots were fired during a police pursuit late Wednesday, officials said.

The pursuit started about 9 p.m. on the southbound side of the 15 Freeway at Indian Truck Trail, but the driver eventually stopped in the area of Villa Milano and Villa Roma in Lake Elsinore.

Shots were fired when the driver stopped, but it appeared that shots were also fired when the pursuit was still on the highway.

Caltrans tweeted that the roadway was closed at Indian Truck Trail for “police activity” for an unknown duration.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office later tweeted to avoid the area where the pursuit ended because of an officer-involved shooting.

The stretch of freeway from Indian Truck Trail to Railroad Canyon remained closed into the morning hours Thursday but has reopened, video from Sky5 showed.

Officials had reports that there are children in the car when the driver was shooting at officers, but it is unclear if anyone was injured or if the suspect was in custody.

KTLA’s Nidia Becerra contributed to this story.

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