Interstate 71 was reportedly closed for several hours Sunday in Richland County while troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol had a standoff with a suspect who was involved in a shooting at a Delaware County rest stop.

A man was reported dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the OHP.

Authorities said the suspect fled north on I-71. Traffic on I-71 had been shut down between U.S. 30 to Ohio 13 in Richland County.

The standoff ended around 3:15 p.m. and southbound traffic reopened.

About 30 minutes later, the Ohio Highway Patrol provided the following:

“The Ohio Highway Patrol is currently investigating a shooting which occurred in the rest area on Interstate 71 shortly after 11 a.m. in Delaware County. The suspect fired several shots at a vehicle, striking the victim. Both the suspect and victim were standing outside near the victim’s vehicle at the time of the shooting.”

“The Highway Patrol and Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies located the suspect vehicle and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit came to an end after the suspect’s vehicle drove over road spikes and crashed into a guardrail on Interstate 71 northbound in Richland County.”

“Troopers then surrounded the vehicle. Once contact was made with the suspect, he was discovered to be deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

“The name of the suspect is being withheld pending notification to next of kin. The victim, whose name is also being withheld, is currently listed in critical condition at a local hospital.”

No officers were injured as a result of the incident, the patrol reported. No other information was available Sunday night.

Staff report