Standoff on I-15 involving young hostage ends peacefully

By ABC 4 News

Published 04/27 2014 02:24PM

Updated 04/28 2014 11:33AM

IRON COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) -- A tense negotiation between police and an armed murder suspect allegedly using a young boy as his hostage came to a peaceful end after a 5-hour standoff that shut down Interstate 15 in Iron and Beaver counties.

Utah Highway Patrol Capt. Blair Barton said the incident started at about 12:40 p.m. on Sunday when troopers pulled over a car they suspected was carrying Zeland Adams, a murder suspect wanted in Louisiana.

Two people, a female driver and another male passenger, stepped out of the vehicle, but Adams allegedly sped away northbound with the driver's 2-year-old child still in the car.

Deputies pursued the vehicle, a Dodge Charger that reached speeds of up to 130 mph during the chase. The vehicle's tires were spiked near mile post 95, and it came to a stop after hitting another vehicle that was also heading northbound. Barton said no one was injured in that crash.

The suspect inside the car is holding the small child and not releasing him. Barton said Adams was armed and was holding the child during the stand-off. UHP, the Iron County Sheriff's SWAT team, Iron Metro SWAT team and the Beaver County Sheriff's Office were on scene during the negotiations.

Barton said that negotiators were able to reach Adams by phone and convince him to surrender after about 5 hours. The child was uninjured and safely returned to his mother. Adams was booked into the Iron County Jail.

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