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Gunman Accused Of Shooting Highway Worker Dies After Standoff With Police

Eureka, NV – A Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) worker is recovering after being shot by a driver who opened fire in a road construction zone on Wednesday morning.

The attack occurred on State Route 278 near mile marker 68 shortly before 10 a.m. on June 16, KRNV reported.

The NDOT crew was using a pilot car to move motorists through an area where they were repaving the highway, according to the news outlet.

A Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) trooper was traveling northbound through the active work zone when he spotted a white cargo van traveling recklessly on the dirt shoulder of the roadway at a high rate of speed, KRNV reported.

The southbound vehicle blew past him and sped off.

The trooper quickly discovered that the driver of the reckless vehicle had opened fire on a construction crew just moments earlier, hitting one of the workers multiple times, the NHP said.

The trooper rendered first aid to the wounded victim before jumping back into his vehicle to chase after the shooter, KRNV reported.

Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies closed in on the fleeing suspect and disabled his vehicle with spike strips approximately 35 miles north of Eureka, police said.

The gunman then jumped out of the van and opened fire on the officers, who fired back at him.

The ensuing standoff lasted for several hours, KRNV reported.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., officers found the shooter near the van, suffering from a gunshot wound, according to KLAS.

It is unclear whether he shot himself or if he was shot by police.

He was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, KRNV reported.

“The adult male suspect was transported from the scene and succumbed to his injuries a short time later,” the NHP confirmed, according to KLAS.

The wounded NDOT worker was airlifted to a local hospital and has been listed in stable condition.

NDOT Director Kristina Swallow said the agency was “heartbroken to learn about the tragic shooting” of one of it’s “valued team members,” according to KRNV.

“I want to wish our team member a speedy recovery, and I want to thank the law enforcement agencies and medical professionals for responding quickly to the scene and providing first aid,” Swallow said.

State Route 278 between Eureka and Carlin remained shut down for most of Wednesday, KRNV reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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