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UPDATE: Southbound I-15 shut down between Charleston, Flamingo; suspect dead, officer in critical condition at UMC |

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UPDATE: Southbound I-15 shut down between Charleston, Flamingo; suspect dead, officer in critical condition at UMC

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Southbound lanes of Interstate 15 are shut down after a Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) trooper was injured in a car chase involving a carjacker, police said just after 12:30 p.m. The female suspect is dead, according to a union official.

Northbound I-15 reopened just before 5 p.m. after being closed for hours between Spring Mountain Road and Charleston Boulevard, but southbound lanes are expected to be closed for several hours more, according to Metro police.

Northbound lanes on I-15 opened up again. @8NewsNow #8NN

— Victoria Saha (@VictoriaSaha) July 27, 2021

The trooper was laying down spike strips to help stop a car that was being pursued by the Department of Parole and Probation. The car, driven by a female suspect, hit the trooper, and he went through the car's windshield, according to information provided by Rick McCann, the executive director of the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers.

The trooper is in critical condition at UMC, according to Travis Smaka, NHP Southern Command's public information officer.

Sources tell 8NewsNow the trooper was transported to University Medical Center in a Metro police helicopter.

Officers believed that the suspect was reaching for a trooper's gun after the vehicle was stopped on I-15 near Sahara, according to McCann.

As first reported by our I-Team, troopers opened fire and the suspect died at the scene.

Video provided by a witness who was driving southbound on I-15 when the chase proceeded past him shows police forcing the car into a spin. As police stop the vehicle, gunshots are fired by officers who surrounded the car. The video is above.

Sebastin Seraspe, who posted the video to Instagram, provided the video to 8NewsNow.

Freeway cameras showed traffic stopped on the roadway near Sahara Avenue in the southbound lanes.

The I-15 is currently shutdown between Flamingo Rd and Charleston Blvd. Please avoid the area. https://t.co/PvDqecaXbe

— LVMPD (@LVMPD) July 27, 2021

Metro police say I-15 is currently closed in both directions between Flamingo Road and Charleston Boulevard. Additional alerts from the RTC of Southern Nevada indicated access to southbound I-15 is shut off from Craig Road to Spring Mountain Road.

Access to northbound I-15 was closed, but has now reopened, according to RTC.

We are at UMC now, several NHP units here. About 5 minutes ago a woman got out of an NHP vehicle and was escorted in. @8NewsNow pic.twitter.com/vwKUFyQ3qX

— Joe Moeller (@joemoeller44) July 27, 2021

Witnesses at the scene say there were dozens of gunshots when police stopped the car.

Witnesses tell me they heard dozens of gunshots when police stopped the car. They also tell me they saw officers run and put a person wrapped in a blanket in the helicopter that landed on the freeway. @8NewsNow #8NN

— Victoria Saha (@VictoriaSaha) July 27, 2021

A chase lasting about 20 minutes involved a woman, reportedly armed with a knife.

Traffic is being stopped from entering the freeway and it's not clear at this time how long the closure will last.

Metro police block the on ramp to I-15 southbound from Charleston Boulevard.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.