NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — APRIL 21, 2012 –
The suspect in yesterday’s carjackings that shut down I-80 at the Yolo Causeway is dead after a shooting involving Sacramento sheriff’s deputies at an apartment complex. Following is the entire set of press releases summarizing the incident from the West Sacramento Police Department:
PRESS RELEASE April 20
“On 4-20-12 at approximately 0557 hours the West Sacramento Police Department responded to 407 Harbor Boulevard, West Sacramento (B&R Head and Block) for a report that employees at this location had been shot at when they arrived at work. Initial reports stated there were possibly two suspects involved. West Sacramento Police Officers responded to the scene and established a perimeter.
“At approximately 0640 hours the West Sacramento Police Department received a report of a carjacking in the area of Poplar and West Capitol Avenue. Officers arrived in the area and located the vehicle a brown Ford Focus. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle which fled from police at a high rate of speed. The suspect then exited the vehicle on foot in the area of 2919 West Capitol Avenue. Officers began chasing the suspect who carjacked a second vehicle at gunpoint. Officers confronted the suspect ordering him to surrender and were fired upon by the suspect. An officer returned fire and the suspect fled the scene in the stolen white Ford F-150 truck ramming a police vehicle.
“The suspect then began traveling westbound on West Capitol Avenue at a high rate of speed fleeing from pursuing officers. The suspect again fired on a West Sacramento Police Officer striking a patrol car and causing the officer to loss control of his vehicle.
“The suspect vehicle began traveling westbound on Interstate 80 losing control and striking the center divider on Interstate 80 east of Enterprise Avenue. A perimeter was established at both the 407 Harbor Boulevard location and Interstate 80 on the causeway. Vehicle traffic across the causeway was shut down to ensure public safety. Numerous SWAT teams, K-9 teams, helicopters and other resources responded to assist with these scenes.
“While working both of these active crime scenes at approximately 1000 hrs. a report was received of another carjacking that occurred in the area of County Road 127 and River Road in Yolo County. Yolo County Sheriff’s Department personnel and assisting agencies responded to this scene. At this scene it was determined that a suspect driving a tractor (believed to have been stolen) approached a male victim and struck the victim over the head.
“That victim’s vehicle a 2008 Ford F150 truck with a California license plate of 8N44911 was taken by the suspect. This vehicle was later located abandoned in the area of Lerwick and Morse Ave. in Sacramento County.
“Through an on-going investigation potential suspect information and numerous potential suspect locations were obtained. At approximately 1855 hours the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department SED personnel responded to investigate a potential lead of a suspect at 1968 Ethan Way, Sacramento, Ca.
“After a confrontation with Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department personnel the suspect was shot and pronounced deceased at the scene. Identification of the suspect is pending by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.
“While this is an ongoing investigation it appears that the suspect is in fact the individual involved in the numerous carjackings and who twice fired upon West Sacramento Police Officers earlier in the day. The investigation continues at this time.
“The West Sacramento Police Department would like to thank the more than 12 law enforcement agencies and numerous officers who assisted in this investigation. We would also like to thank the community for its understanding of any inconvenience as we worked to safeguard the public.”
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