Sus­pect shot in stand­off with of­fi­cers dur­ing I-80 com­mute

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EMMERY VILLE (AP) — A homi­cide sus­pect died in a shootout with po­lice Wed­nes­day in the mid­dle of a San Fran­cisco Bay Area free­way as stunned mo­torists looked on, some record­ing the scene on their cell­phones and shar­ing it on so­cial me­dia.

Traf­fic came to a stand­still for hours on the busy In­ter­state 80 that con­nects San Fran­cisco with sev­eral other cities dur­ing the stand­off be­tween po­lice and the uniden­ti­fied man who had been chased about 40 miles (65 kilo­me­ters) by po­lice.

The morn­ing rush-hour stand­off shut down all lanes of I-80 in the sub­urb of Emeryville. It ended when the sus­pect got out of a black sports util­ity ve­hi­cle and “of­fi­cers re­ceived gun fire from the sus­pect,” au­thor­i­ties said. Of­fi­cers fired back at the man, who was wounded and died of his in­juries at a hos­pi­tal.

The events un­folded after po­lice in the city of Fair­field tried to de­tain the man, who they said was wanted in a homi­cide. Po­lice did not iden­tify him or pro­vide de­tails about the homi­cide.

When the driver re­fused to stop, Fair­field po­lice chased the ve­hi­cle, of­fi­cials said. As­sist­ing them were of­fi­cers from the city of Rich­mond and the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol.

High­way pa­trol of­fi­cers used a spike mat to pierce the SUV’s tires and the stand­off be­gan with the ve­hi­cle stopped in Emeryville, sur­rounded by a dozen po­lice cruis­ers.

“Of­fi­cers ne­go­ti­ated with the sus­pect for an ex­tended pe­riod of time un­til of­fi­cers re­ceived gun fire from the sus­pect,” said a state­ment is­sued by the Emeryville, Fair­field and Rich­mond po­lice de­part­ments. “Of­fi­cers on scene re­turned fire and the sus­pect was struck dur­ing the ex­change.”

The state­ment did not spec­ify how many shots were fired or what type of weapons were in­volved.

A Face­book Live video shot from the air showed the man get­ting out of the car and tak­ing a step be­fore fall­ing to the ground. An­other video shot by a mo­torist ap­peared to show of­fi­cers fir­ing their guns and the sound of at least 20 gun­shots.

Traf­fic was shut down dur­ing the stand­off for miles (kilo­me­ters) on sev­eral key roads into San Fran­cisco and sur­round­ing cities.

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