Brent Spence closed for manhunt of armed suspect

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This story has been updated with information about the suspect’s encounter with police.

All lanes of Interstates 71 and 75 were shut down on the Brent Spence Bridge around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, as police searched for an armed suspect, according to authorities.

A suspicious-looking man with a gun was approached by authorities and tased twice before he was able to flee.

Covington Police Department’s Lt. Col. Justin Wietholter said that a Covington and Cincinnati officer responded to reports of a man walking on the bridge this morning. 

When the Cincinnati officer patted him down, he felt what he believed to be a gun. The man then fled over the side of the bridge, Wietholter said.

After he fled, officers closed the bridge while they and investigators inspected the area around and underneath the bridge.

At this time, officers don’t believe there is any indication that he was a threat to others or posed a specific danger. 

However, they did find information that has led them to identify an alleged suspect and officers are continuing to investigate.

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