Sacramento police say a suspect fleeing police following reports of a shooting in the South Natomas area died in a fiery crash Tuesday evening on Garden Highway.
Police spokesman Sgt. Doug Morse said reports were received about 6:35 p.m. of a possible assault and shooting in the 2600 block of Stonecreek Drive. Callers provided a description of the vehicle and reported that the suspect, the lone occupant of the vehicle, was believed to be armed with a rifle.
Morse said a Sacramento County sheriff’s helicopter crew spotted the vehicle and directed police to the area of Garden Highway and Interstate 5. Officers pulled over the vehicle, but before they could make contact with the driver, he sped off and officers gave chase.
The short pursuit ended about 6:55 p.m., when the suspect’s vehicle crashed, rolled over and burst into flames in the 2000 block of Garden Highway, near Sand Cove Park. Morse said the suspect died in the vehicle.
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He said no other vehicles were involved in the crash, and no one else was injured in the pursuit.
Morse said police had no reports of anyone injured in the shooting incident that led to the chase.
That section of Garden Highway, just east of Interstate 80, is expected to remain closed for several hours for investigation of the crash. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.