The man behind a public safety issue which closed down Interstate 70 and Highway 6 near Rifle, Colorado has now been charged. According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, law enforcement responded to a call of a possible stabbing incident in the vicinity of the West Rifle Exit along I-70
at around 11am on Tuesday
. Investigation revealed that one individual had fled to a nearby hillside and positioned himself in a rocky area about 200 yards from the Interstate and parallel to Highway 6. The Sheriff’s Department closed the Interstate and Highway 6 due to the proximity of the suspect to both. Attempts to negotiate were unsuccessful and after several hours the Garfield County All Hazards Response Team were deployed and 38-year-old Justin Lopez Madrid was brought down and arrested
at around 2:30pm
. Madrid has been charged with Second Degree Felony Assault, Criminal Attempt First Degree Murder, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Endangerment, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Violation of a Restraining Order, among other charges.