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Police standoff with shooting suspect on I-80 in Fairfield ends in suicide

FAIRFIELD — Interstate 80 was closed in both directions in Fairfield for about three hours Friday due to a confrontation between police and a suspect in a highway shooting that ended in his death .

The driver of a silver Toyota sedan led police on a multi-county pursuit from the North Bay to the East Bay until the vehicle was stopped by a spike strip just east of the highway interchange. I-80 with Highway 12, California Highway Patrol Officer David deRutte. said.

Aerial footage initially captured the vehicle as it passed through Richmond. Multiple police and CHP units followed the silver Toyota Corolla on I-80 eastbound, through San Pablo, Hercules, Rodeo and Vallejo, slowing down at times for traffic.

The CHP later confirmed the incident occurred in the Santa Rosa area Friday morning. Around 11 a.m., the suspect in the car shot at a black SUV while heading south on U.S. Highway 101 in Windsor before heading to Santa Rosa.

The standoff on I-80 as suspicious shootings end.


A gunshot ripped through the back of a black SUV driven by a woman north of Hopper Avenue. The shooting did not appear to be provoked and appeared to be random, deRutte said.

The woman, who was not injured, got off the highway and called 911 and described the shooter’s vehicle, deRutte said.

The vehicle was located around 2 p.m. in the parking lot of a Rohnert Park shopping center with the driver inside. He fled as police tried to close.

The car fled south on US 101 in Marin County, turned east onto State Highway 37 before reversing and returning to southbound US 101 until Interstate 580.

Around 3:45 p.m., the car slowed and stopped on the highway at the Lopes Road overpass near Cordelia Junction, which connects I-680 to Fairfield. Authorities were able to lay down spike strips which the suspect ran over.

Authorities stopped eastbound and westbound traffic on I-80, with traffic diverted from the highway to bypass the incident. The transition from northbound I-680 to eastbound and westbound I-80 was also closed. Westbound I-80 traffic was detoured onto Suisun Valley Road.

The Fairfield Police Department’s SWAT team arrived on scene around 5 p.m. and attempted to convince the suspect to surrender, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Barday.

Two armored SWAT vehicles converged on the Corolla around 5:50 p.m., boxing in the suspect vehicle. Officers appeared to use some type of gas device near the vehicle around 6:18 p.m.

About 15 minutes later, a dozen officers approached the vehicle and appeared to force entry into one of the rear doors. Shortly after, a man was pulled from the driver’s side backseat and appeared to be incapacitated.

The CHP later confirmed the suspect committed suicide.

The Solano CHP office confirmed at 6:44 p.m. that the westbound lanes of I-80 and the transition from northbound I-680 to eastbound and westbound I-80 were both reopened.

Shortly after 7 p.m., the No. 1 and No. 2 lanes of eastbound I-80 reopened. Lanes 3 to 5 remained blocked for the police investigation. Motorists have been advised to expect delays and take alternative routes.

“People were rolling down their windows and saying ma’am, ma’am, do you know what’s going on and I said I don’t know,” Colleen Knapp said. “Maybe CalTrans is working on the road and I keep asking Siri and she hasn’t had any answers for me.”

Instead of waiting for hours on the road for traffic to move, Knapp decided to simply wait on the side of the road.

“Amazing,” she said. “It’s not a typical Friday night.”

Andrea Nakano contributed reporting

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