April 20, 2012
Manhunt under way, closes I-80 causeway
From Sgt. Steele from West Sacramento police Department:
“We are working both scenes. Harbor Boulevard is still closed and the highway is an active scene. We are calling in more resources, specialized units.”
Steele said that the initial call to his department was regarding shots fired. He said that employees of the auto repair business came to work about 6 a.m., entered the building and were fired upon.
Steele said he could not confirm reports that the gunman was a burglar surprised by arriving employees.
Police set up a perimeter, which was quickly followed by the report of a nearby car-jacking.
Offices pursued the suspect and were fired upon numerous times, Steele said.
CHP Officer Wetzel said that officers are searching the marsh in the Yolo Bypass underneath the causeway for the suspect.
The I-80 causeway is shut down westbound at Enterprise Avenue and eastbound in Davis, Wetzel said. The suspect crashed his car approaching the causeway in West Sacramento.
Interstate 80 on the Yolo Causeway is closed down in both directions as officers look for a West Sacramento shooting suspect.
The gunman crashed a stolen getaway car on the causeway after firing shots in West Sacramento about 6:30 a.m.
West Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Nathan Steele said that officers responded to the report of shots being fired at B&R Head & Block Repair, 407 Harbor Blvd. When they arrived, a carjacking occurred around the corner.
Officers spotted the stolen car and pursued the vehicle. A gunman in the car fired at officers as he fled.
Shortly after the gunfire, the stolen car crashed in the vicinity of the causeway.
A helicopter crew, police dogs and officers on foot are looking for the suspect.
California Highway Patrol Officer Rich Wetzel said that the suspect is described as a white man in his mid-to-late-20s, balding and wearing a light shirt and dark pants.
Wetzel said motorists from Davis should take Highway 113 to Woodland and take Interstate 5 to Sacramento instead of I-80.