Standoff on I-80 in Fairfield resolved, suspect in critical condition

(KRON) — Both directions of I-80 were shut down in Fairfield for hours on Friday due to a police standoff. At about 6:45 p.m., the standoff was resolved and westbound lanes of traffic reopened.

The northbound I-680 transition to I-80 has reopened as well. Some lanes of eastbound I-80 remain closed.

I-80 was closed at the Green Valley Road-I-680 interchange due to the standoff with a potentially armed suspect, the California Highway Patrol said. Traffic was severely backed up as lanes reopened.

CHP said the suspect is still alive after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound. CHP originally reported he was dead but said late Friday night that medical teams were able to revive him at a hospital. He is now in critical condition.

The pursuit started after about 11 a.m. Friday, when there was a shooting on the southbound lanes of Highway 101 in the Windsor area, according to the CHP. A black SUV was shot, but nobody was hit, CHP Officer David deRutte told KRON4.

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A license plate number for the suspect vehicle was discovered by law enforcement and officers came across the vehicle later in the day in Rohnert Park.

The suspect took off and a pursuit ensued around 3:08 p.m., the CHP said. The pursuit was in the area of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The chase went into Marin County and the East Bay, CHP said.

The suspect eventually led officers eastbound on I-80 toward Fairfield where the lengthy standoff began at about 4 p.m.

The Solano County District Attorney’s Office is now handling the investigation.

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