The Nevada County man whose death led to a Sunday night pursuit on Interstate 80 that ended in Sacramento County has been identified as 67-year-old William Tackett.
Lt. Bill Smethers of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said Tackett had allowed the suspect, 35-year-old Jason Carl Schuller, to periodically stay at Tackett’s home in the 10000 block of Banner View Drive in the Grass Valley area. Smethers described Schuller as a transient who “couch surfed,” staying for a time with various people. He said investigators are still trying to determine when, where and under what circumstances the two men met. Schuller had used Tackett’s residence as a mailing address since early 2014.
Deputies responded to the Banner View Drive address about 9:25 p.m. Sunday. Smethers said Tackett’s home was divided into two separate living quarters, with Tackett occupying the downstairs and his adult daughter living in the upstairs unit, which had its own entrance. A neighbor and Tackett’s daughter heard popping sounds Sunday night and saw Schuller driving away in a white Chrysler 300. When they went to check on Tackett, they found him dead.
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office issued a “be on the lookout” advisory for Schuller and the Chrysler. A short time later a Nevada County deputy on patrol spotted the vehicle and tried to stop it. The vehicle failed to stop and a lengthy pursuit began through three counties, ending on I-80 near Longview Drive in Sacramento County.
Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers ordered Schuller out of the car, but he did not comply. SWAT deputies were summoned because Schuller was considered armed and dangerous.
Schuller surrendered after about an hour of negotiations. The highway was shut down in both directions for about three hours.
Schuller was taken back to Nevada County and was booked into Nevada County jail on suspicion of murder and recklessly evading arrest.
Smethers said sheriff’s investigators on Tuesday were awaiting completion of an autopsy to determine the cause of Tackett’s death.