Murder suspect kills self during I-15 standoff near Beaver
Thursday , February 23, 2012 - 10:19 AM
BEAVER— A man believed connected to the death of a California woman killed himself Wednesday night, ending a police standoff on a Utah interstate that closed the roadway for several hours, authorities said.
The standoff began around 6:30 p.m. MST after the suspect, believed to be Russell Scott Goldberg, barricaded himself alone in his car on I-15 near Beaver.
Goldberg is wanted in connection with the Wednesday morning death of a woman in Redondo Beach, Calif.
Cpl. Todd Johnson, a spokesman for the Utah Highway Patrol, said investigators are working to make a positive identification of the suspect.
California police had issued an alert for Goldberg, and when Utah state troopers saw a car that matched the description, they attempted to pull the driver over. The man continued driving until police used roadway spikes to stop his car.
Johnson said no gunfire was exchanged, and the standoff that closed both lanes of the interstate ended with the man’s death around 10 p.m.
"The SWAT team approached the car and found him deceased," Johnson said.
That portion of the interstate remained closed after the standoff ended, and traffic was being diverted through Beaver.