EMERYVILLE CBS SF - A homicide suspect who led police on a chase onto busy Interstate 80 in the East Bay was shot dead during a tense freeway standoff with police that had halted traffic in both directions of the busy freeway for nearly an hour.
KPIX reports, the Richmond Police Department was pursuing the suspect’s black SUV west on I-80 around 9 a.m. when California Highway Patrol officers successfully used a spike strip on the vehicle at University Avenue, according to the CHP.
The vehicle struck a concrete barrier and came to a stop west of Powell Street, where Richmond police engaged in a standoff with the driver and CHP officers provided traffic control for public safety.
According to Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan, the chase originated in Fairfield and Richmond police got involved when it passed through their jurisdiction.
After the vehicle stopped, the tense standoff began with police vehicles lined up about 40 yards away and officers pointing their weapons at the SUV.
Eventually, the male suspect held his hands out of the window without a weapon in them, but when he opened the door and stepped out, he appeared have drawn a gun and aimed it at the officers.
He was immediately shot multiple times by officers and went down. A police dog rushed up to the fallen suspect and began trying to drag him, but quickly let go and ran back to its handler.
A Fairfield Police spokesman confirmed the suspect had died of his injuries. The unidentified suspect was wanted in connection with a homicide in Fairfield.
Dozens of shell casings were seen on the ground marked by investigators. A handgun and clip were seen on the ground where the suspect was shot.
Eastbound lanes were reopened shortly after 11:00 a.m., according to the CHP. There was no immediate estimate as to when the westbound lanes would reopen.