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Police release more details in pursuit of armed, suicidal man that shut Hwy. 50 on Sunday

Highway 50 closed near La Riviera due to police activity

Highway 50 was closed in both directions near La Riviera Sunday afternoon due to police activity, according to Caltrans.
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Highway 50 was closed in both directions near La Riviera Sunday afternoon due to police activity, according to Caltrans.

Police activity that closed a stretch of Highway 50 in both directions Sunday was due to a pursuit involving a “suicidal subject armed with a gun,” the Sacramento Police Department said in a news release overnight.

Sacramento officers responded about 1:20 p.m. Sunday to the 500 block of Regis Drive regarding the suicidal person.

The man fled from officers during an attempted traffic stop near that location, and a pursuit reaching speeds up to 90 mph followed, according to the news release.

The man hit a guard rail on Highway 50 near Watt Avenue, and his vehicle – a red Ford Mustang – became disabled, police said.

Officers ordered the man to exit the vehicle, but he refused, police said, beginning a standoff on the freeway that lasted more than two hours.

A Sacramento County sheriff’s SWAT team arrived on scene and California Highway Patrol provided traffic control as crisis negotiators communicated with the man, according to the news release.

The man exited his vehicle and was detained without further incident at about 4:54 p.m., police said.

At one point before surrendering, the man threw a handgun and two firearm magazines out of his vehicle and onto the roadway, according to the news release.

Police said one of the 30-round magazines was loaded with 24 bullets, and the other had 23.

The person, identified by authorities only as a 42-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and felony evading, according to the news release.

Both directions of Highway 50 were closed between Watt Avenue and Bradshaw road, and reopened about 5:15 p.m. Sunday, according to Caltrans.

The incident remains under investigation by the Sacramento Police Department. Witnesses are urged to contact police dispatch at 916-808-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-4357.

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