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I Street freeway onramp closed for an hour before knife-wielding man surrenders

After standoff that closed Sacramento freeway on-ramp, suspect turned himself in

Sacramento police officers responded to a call of an adult male brandishing a knife at the Amtrak station downtown. The man made his way onto the I Street onramp to northbound Interstate 5, according to police spokesman Matthew McPhail. After an h
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Sacramento police officers responded to a call of an adult male brandishing a knife at the Amtrak station downtown. The man made his way onto the I Street onramp to northbound Interstate 5, according to police spokesman Matthew McPhail. After an h

A man was in custody Monday after a standoff with Sacramento police on a downtown I-5 onramp that diverted midday traffic for about an hour before he surrendered to officers.

No one was hurt.

Police said Johnny Jackson, 27, of Sacramento was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a knife and resisting or delaying arrest. He was booked into Sacramento County Main Jail.

Police said Jackson brandished a knife at someone just after noon at Sacramento Valley Station on I Street. He then walked across the station’s parking lot and onto the I Street onramp to northbound Interstate 5.

Officers blocked traffic on westbound I Street at Fifth Street and also sealed a portion of Third Street as police negotiators began to talk Jackson off the onramp. California Highway Patrol officers also briefly blocked a portion of the freeway to prevent Jackson from walking into oncoming traffic.

Negotiators were in talks with Jackson for nearly an hour before he surrendered.

“A good resolution,” said Officer Matthew McPhail, a Sacramento police spokesman. “Our goal is always to work with the person engaged in a crisis to have them voluntarily turn themselves over to us.”

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith

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