An armed man was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies in what authorities described as a “gun battle” Tuesday night following a series of shootings that left two people and a police K-9 injured in Placer County.
Westbound Interstate 80 at Highway 65 was shut down Tuesday night after the man got into a confrontation with law enforcement officers on the freeway, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said. Roseville Police said via Twitter just around 10:45 p.m. that the suspect had died at that there was “no current threat to the community.”
Multiple agencies were involved in spree, which began around 7 p.m., including Roseville and Rocklin police departments and the California Highway Patrol. It’s unclear where the incidents began or how many incidents and locations were involved.
“This is a very chaotic scene, with numerous crime scenes throughout south Placer County, including where the accident occurred and the suspect got into a gun battle with the sheriff’s deputies and officers,” Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Andrew Scott told KCRA.
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“Over the course of an hour and a half, we kept getting reports of new incidents,” Scott told ABC 10. “(The suspect) was involved in a traffic accident (on I-80), and we were able to deal with him.”
CBS Sacramento reported that the incidents began near Loomis and Newcastle with law enforcement getting “numerous 911 calls about a man in a Dodge pickup truck brandishing a firearm just after 7 p.m.”
Fox 40 reported that two victims were shot were “in two separate locations between Newcastle and Loomis” and that a police K-9 was hurt during the spree that lasted about 90 minutes. Officials on scene said no deputies were injured and told KCRA that the dog was taken to a veterinarian clinic and was expected to survived.
Video from the scene where the spree ended showed a black truck crashed in the center divide of Interstate 80 near the Highway 65 overpass.
The sheriff’s office said in a tweet just before 9 p.m. that “deputies are investigating a shooting at multiple locations.” The freeway is closed, the tweet said, and residents should avoid the area.
At 11 p.m., westbound I-80 remained closed at Highway 65, and officers set up detours for motorists at Rocklin Road. At one point Tuesday night, a backup of vehicles were seen on Caltrans sensors well past Sierra College Boulevard.