Vacaville Police Kill Suspect Who Fled Traffic Stop, Charged At Officers
VACAVILLE (CBS SF) - Police officers shot and killed a suspect who allegedly tried to run over officers during a traffic stop in Vacaville, according to authorities.
Police said they were investigating a call for suspicious activity near Ulatis and Chrstine Drives overnight when they spotted the suspect’s car.
The driver refused to pull over and lead officers on chase through the city, although it was not a high-speed pursuit, Lt. John Carli told the Vacaville Reporter.
The driver swerved around a spike strip and nearly hit the officer who had deployed it before other patrol cars slammed into the suspect car, bringing it to a stop, police said.
The suspect then got out of the car armed with a crowbar, hammer and a knife and went directly toward officers who opened fire on him, according to police.
“It was a deliberate attempt, a very aggressive reaction from this driver jumping out of the car at the end of what we would normally consider conducting a high-risk stop,” Carli told The Reporter. “Instead, the driver immediately charged directly at the officers.”
Paramedics arrived and began first aid but he died at the scene, police said.
The officers involved in the shooting were to be placed on administrative leave while the police department and Solano County District Attorney’s Office conduct an investigation.
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