Sacramento International Airport rerouted planes to alternate runways and some rural Yolo County roads were closed as a precaution Tuesday afternoon after sheriff’s deputies discovered a possible explosive device in a pickup truck.
Deputies responded about 12:30 p.m. to a medical aid call in the area of County Road 124, north of County Road 126 in the rural unincorporated area of Yolo County, west of West Sacramento. West Sacramento fire crews found a man lying in the roadway. While they were trying to treat him, he became combative and they requested an emergency response from deputies, according to a Yolo County Sheriff’s Office news release.
A deputy arriving at the scene spotted a black pickup truck on County Road 124 with one end of an electrical cord sticking into the fuel tank and the other end leading into the bed of the truck.
After the firefighters and the deputy got the man calmed down, the deputy took a closer look at the truck and found that the wiring protruding from the fuel tank was connected to a homemade device in the bed of the truck. Believing it might be an explosive device, authorities set up a quarter-mile perimeter around the vehicle, and the Yolo County Bomb Squad was requested.
The man was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, where he continued to be uncooperative with investigators, sheriff’s officials said.
While waiting for the bomb squad, investigators made contact with a woman who said she had been with the man a short time before the medical aid call. She told investigators that the man had been acting strangely for the past three days, and for some reason on Tuesday he became incoherent and enraged while the two were in the truck on County Road 124.
The woman said the man began shooting a handgun into and out of the vehicle. He also reportedly made statements about explosives.
The woman said she went to Old River Road, where she got a ride to her home in West Sacramento.
As a precaution, authorities advised the Sacramento International Airport control tower of the situation and airport officials chose to reroute flights to another runway. Deputies also checked area residences, looking for anyone who witnessed the shooting incident or was hurt by the gunfire. No injuries were reported.
About 3 p.m., the bomb squad determined that the device in the pickup was not an explosive. Roadways were reopened to traffic and the airport resumed normal operations.
Sheriff’s officials said they are continuing to investigate the incident.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.