The intense search for an armed carjacking suspect, which involved
the closure of a busy California interstate, ended Friday night with
authorities shooting and killing the suspect.
Authorities chased the
man, who has not yet been identified, to an apartment building in north
Sacramento, said Jason Ramos of the Sacramento Sheriff's Department.
The man barricaded himself and set fire to the building as officers were trying to get him to surrender, Ramos said.
"That is when the decision was made to neutralize him," Ramos said.
The shooting ended a
chase that started about 6 a.m. Friday when the suspect was discovered
in a building by three employees of a trucking company. The man
allegedly fired on the employees and later ran away. None of the
employees sustained gunshot wounds.
Police then received a carjacking call involving a white pickup truck; the driver was not injured, authorities said.
Later, the suspect
allegedly crashed the truck on Interstate 80. He fired upon -- but did
not strike -- police officers during the chase.
The incident caused the
closure of about 10 miles of the interstate between Davis and Sacramento
until 12:30 p.m. The suspect carjacked another pickup truck and put
that driver in the hospital with head injuries, authorities said.
While the interstate was closed, the suspect escaped to the apartment building.
The highway closure caused a major problem for many.
"It's a major
inconvenience to a lot of folks," said Dennis Keaton, a spokesman for
the California Department of Transportation. "You have a lot of
traveling commerce and commuters."