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Officer-Involved Shooting Halts Traffic in Opelika

OPELIKA, AL(WDNews) — Today, a serious accident on Interstate 85 involving a big rig and a car led to a major traffic disruption. The crash occurred at around 2:35 p.m. near Exit 58, forcing authorities to close both southbound lanes and one northbound lane.

The situation took a unexpected turn when officers at the scene encountered an armed individual wielding a knife. The confrontation resulted in an officer-involved shooting, and sadly, the individual lost their life.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) has stepped in to handle the investigation. All evidence, including video footage, will be carefully examined. Updates on the case will be provided by the Lee County District Attorney’s Office.