Woman and children released from armed standoff stops I-80 traffic
April 8, 2009
DONNER SUMMIT ” A suspect stopped on Donner Summit by law enforcement released the woman and three children held in his car at gunpoint just before 8 p.m. Wednesday night.
The suspect, whose name has not been released, was being negotiated with by law enforcement.
California Highway Patrol closed Interstate 80 from Baxter to Truckee Wednesday afternoon after stopping an armed suspect in the roadway.
Law enforcement officers first began pursuing a suspect wanted for three felonies in Sacramento around 2 p.m., according to Chief Stan Perez of the California HIghway Patrol.
Spike strips were used to flatten all four tires on the suspect’s vehicle near Gold Run on east-bound I-80, and the vehicle came to a stop just west of Soda Springs, Perez said.
A women and three children, about 11 months, 9 years, and 14 years old respectively, were in the car, and the suspect had a shotgun, Perez said.
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As of 6:45 p.m., Perez said officers were negotiating for the release of the woman and children, aided by the man’s sister.
Two SWAT teams and about 20 other officers were on scene, Perez said.
“We’re hoping for a peaceful conclusion within minutes,” Perez said around 6:45 p.m.
Perez thanked the public for complying with road closures.