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Suspect in fatal Lincoln shooting apparently commits suicide on Interstate 80, police say

The man identified as a possible suspect in Wednesday’s homicide in Lincoln died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after his vehicle was stopped by law enforcement officers on Interstate 80 near Truckee, authorities said.

The shooting was reported to Lincoln police about 8:20 a.m. by a man driving in the 2400 block of Lincoln Airpark Drive – the same location where a woman was later found sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in a home’s garage. The woman, who was said to be in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lincoln police Chief Doug Lee said the witness told authorities he thought he heard gunshots and saw a man fleeing from the home in what looked like a white Hyundai.

The woman was found with a gunshot wound to her upper body. The home is in a newer part of the city near the airport. Authorities had not identified her as of 6 p.m. Wednesday.

“The suspect and the victim may know each other,” Lee said Wednesday morning. “This is not a stranger situation, and we are working to identify him at this time.”

In a news released issued shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday, Lincoln police said investigators had identified a possible suspect, and that his vehicle had been spotted eastbound on Interstate 80 in Placer County.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, and the driver fled. Believing the driver might be armed and dangerous, officers deployed spike strips in an attempt to stop the vehicle, the news release said.

Some of the vehicle’s tires were damaged, bringing it to a stop on I-80, west of Hirschdale Road, in the Truckee area.

Officers approached the vehicle and found the driver with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the news release said.

Because the death occurred in Nevada County, police said the suspect’s identity will be released by the Coroner’s Division of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

Lee, who was sworn in as head of the Lincoln Police Department in January, said the last homicide investigated by Lincoln police was about two years ago.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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