Officers opened fire and fatally shot an erratic driver who posed a threat to numerous people in a Vallejo shopping center parking lot Wednesday afternoon, police said. An officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a gold SUV in the area of Sonoma Boulevard and Meadows Drive at about 3 p.m., police said.
The driver, who was the only person in the car, did not pull over and continued south on Sonoma Boulevard. When the driver pulled over, officers approached but he sped off again, according to police. The pursuit went onto state Highway 37 and then onto Interstate Highway 80, reaching speeds of up to 90 mph. Police said the suspect driver was driving erratic.
The driver exited the highway at Solano Avenue and entered the Solano 80 Shopping Center. Officers attempted to intervene as the driver continued to pose a threat to people in the parking lot, police said. The suspect repeatedly rammed a marked patrol car and eventually began to move toward a car with a family in it. Officers told the suspect to stop but the driver did not comply, according to police.
Police said based on the danger to themselves and the citizens, two officers opened fire on the suspect, who was struck. He was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The suspect’s name has not yet been released. The two officers were placed on paid administrative leave, police said. Police continue to investigate the incident.
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