CLEARFIELD—Rush hour traffic came to a standstill Monday evening when the freeway was shut down while law enforcement tried to negotiate with a man brandishing a gun who had walked onto the median.
Christopher Scott Lewis, 35, of Grantsville was eventually taken into custody after almost four hours and booked into the Davis County Jail on multiple charges.
According to Utah Highway Patrol, officers were investigating a crash in the area when pedestrians reported a man was standing on a freeway off-ramp. The man held a gun to his head as police approached and would not follow their instructions. He walked up the off-ramp and onto the freeway median, authorities said.
The man only pointed the gun at himself and no one else, officials said. The UHP’s Special Emergency Response Team tried to negotiate with the man but was unsuccessful. Police with a pepper-spray projectile finally subdued him.
Traffic was snarled in both directions as the freeway was shut down from northbound 700 South to 5600 South in Clearfield. It reopened about 9 p.m.