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Barricade situation: Person found dead in motel room

Authorities had shut down I-10 bridge on Wednesday due to barricaded suspect.
Authorities had shut down I-10 bridge on Wednesday due to barricaded suspect.(Louisiana State Police)
Published: Apr. 28, 2021 at 8:23 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 28, 2021 at 11:33 AM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - I-10 in Lake Charles has reopened.

I-10, including the I-10 bridge over the Calcasieu River, was shut down for about four hours as police worked a barricade situation at a motel just off the interstate.

According to Lt. Jeff Keenum, spokesman for the Lake Charles Police Department, police were assigned to a motel in the 1000 block of North Lakeshore Drive in reference to shots being fired at approximately 5:16 a.m. Wednesday.

Keenum says upon arrival, officers discovered shots had been fired from a motel room in the direction of I-10, and out of an abundance of caution and for safety reasons, traffic was diverted from I-10 towards I-210.

Officers discovered a barricaded subject that was the result of the call to the police department, and department negotiators and the SWAT team were activated, according to Keenum.

Keenum says after not having any success in making contact with the barricaded subject, the SWAT team made entry into the room where the shots were fired from.

SWAT team members discovered a deceased person within the motel room, according to Keenum.

The shutdown of I-10 has resulted in traffic backup throughout Lake Charles, including congestion through nearly the entirety of 210 westbound and congestion on I-10 eastbound throughout Sulphur.

Traffic is also backed up on 171.

While I-10 has reopened, it will likely take time for congestion to clear in the area.

This is a developing story and we will have more information as it becomes available.

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