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Pursuit of Nevada County murder suspect ends in Sacramento County

Booking photo of homicide suspect Jason Carl Schuller.
Booking photo of homicide suspect Jason Carl Schuller. Nevada County Sheriff’s Office

A man wanted in a Nevada County killing was taken into custody after a nearly 30-mile pursuit on Interstate 80 in Sacramento County on Sunday night.

Placer County sheriff’s deputies first pursued the man, identified as Jason Carl Schuller, westbound on I-80 near Auburn at about 65 mph. At around 10 p.m., Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies were told that Schuller was heading their way.

Authorities put tack strips on the road to deflate the tires on the fleeing vehicle. The driver eventually pulled over near I-80 and Longview Drive in Sacramento County.

Deputies and California Highway Patrol officers ordered Schuller, 35, out of the car, but he did not comply. SWAT deputies were called in because he was considered armed and dangerous.

The man surrendered after about an hour of negotiation. The highway was shut down in both directions for about three hours.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said its involvement in finding Schuller began about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, when deputies were called to a home in the 10000 block of Banner View Drive in Grass Valley where a man had been killed. Deputies suspected that Schuller had been involved in the death and learned that he had fled in a white Chrysler 300 sedan.

The dead man was identified Tuesday by Nevada County Coroner as William Gary Tackett, 67.

The car was first spotted by a Nevada County sheriff’s deputy who tried to stop Schuller. The chase was later picked up by both Placer and Sacramento deputies.

Once taken into custody in Sacramento County, he was driven back to Nevada County and was booked into jail on suspicion of murder and recklessly evading arrest.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews