A Yolo County sheriff’s deputy fired his handgun Sunday at a suspect who allegedly pointed a gun at the deputy’s car while driving toward it, but nobody was hit, according to authorities.
The suspect, identified as John August Schroiff, 28, later was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a peace officer, being a felon in possession of a firearm and evading a police officer, according to a Yolo County Sheriff’s Department news release. He is being held in jail in lieu of $260,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.
The incident began about 8:20 p.m. when the deputy, driving northbound on Interstate 5 in Woodland, tried to pull over a vehicle for traffic violations, the news release states. The driver failed to yield, driving at speeds of more than 110 miles per hour and weaving in and out of traffic, according to the release. The deputy pursued the car, with his lights and sirens activated, until he lost sight of the car south of Dunnigan.
Moments later, the deputy reactivated his lights and sirens when he saw the car making a U-turn on County Road 8, west of Interstate 5. The suspect then drove toward the deputy’s cruiser, pointed a gun at the deputy and then rammed the cruiser before continuing eastbound on County Road 8, according to the release.
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“Believing the suspect presented imminent danger to the public, the deputy fired two rounds, striking the suspect vehicle,” the news release states.
The suspect abandoned his car behind the United Truck Stop and ran onto the interstate, where he was spotted by a California Highway Patrol officer, according to the news release. Two CHP officers detained the suspect at gunpoint until the Yolo deputy was able to take him into custody. The suspect had not been injured by the deputy’s gunfire, the release states.
A gun believed to have been used by the suspect was found between his abandoned car and where he was located by the CHP, according to the release.