- Associated Press - Friday, January 6, 2017

BAKER, Calif. (AP) - Police called off their search Friday afternoon for an armed suspect who they say shot at officers during a car chase before a standoff that closed Interstate 15 near the California-Nevada border for hours.

California Highway Patrol Officer Adam Carmichall said Friday afternoon that “all leads have gone cold” and police were calling off their search for the suspect for now.

The incident started early Friday morning when a Highway Patrol officer attempted to stop a speeding driver around 2 a.m., but the driver refused to pull over and shot at police during a short pursuit before stopping on the interstate median, Carmichall said.

Officer worked for almost seven hours in an attempt to coax the driver out of the vehicle, but there was no response, authorities said. Police approached the car around 9 a.m. and found it unoccupied.

CHP officers and San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were searching the area near Interstate 15 throughout the day Friday for the suspect.

Interstate 15, the main route across the Mojave Desert for travel between Southern California and Las Vegas, had been closed for several hours.

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