Police Standoff, Shooting Prompts Closure of Interstate 80 in Emeryville

Standoff ends with shooting on Interstate 80, traffic at standstill

Police-Involved Shooting Leads to Major Traffic Jam on I-80 in Emeryville

Westbound Interstate Highway 80 in Emeryville, which was closed for several hours following a standoff in which police fatally shot a homicide suspect, finally opened at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, the California Highway Patrol said.

The vehicle collided into a concrete barrier on the right shoulder then crashed into the center median and came to a halt as a result of the spikes near the Powell Street exit in Emeryville.

All lanes were closed in both directions after the standoff began.

The man, who has not been identified as of Wednesday afternoon, was taken to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

A Richmond Police Department dispatcher prior said the office was helping Fairfield cops.

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Police have also not yet specified what homicide the suspect was believed to have been connected to. The vehicle eventually came to a stop, and a brief standoff ensued.

"Officers negotiated with the suspect for an extended period of time until officers received gunfire from the suspect", according to a joint release from Fairfield, Richmond and Emeryville police. Richmond police assisted in the pursuit when it reached their jurisdiction. "Officers on scene returned fire and the suspect was struck during the exchange".

As the suspect neared the freeway, CHP officers placed a spike strip on the shoulder of I-80, which the SUV ran over at the the University Avenue exit, Hamer said. The CHP hoped to open the eastbound direction as soon as the lanes were cleared.

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

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