The closure of eastbound Interstate Highway 80 lanes near the El Portal Drive exit for one-and-a-half hours Monday morning was related to a suspect who, moments earlier, had been reported to police for being armed near Andy’s Donuts on 23rd Street in Richmond, police said.
An officer believed the suspect opened fire during the highway pursuit.
The incident unfolded about 5 a.m. Monday when officers responded to a call about a man armed with a rifle in the 900 block of 23rd Street, Richmond police spokesperson Lt. Felix Tan said.
As they were responding, officers learned the suspect has gotten into a truck and left the area. Police later spotted the truck and tried to pull it over, but the truck fled. The pursuit continued onto eastbound I-80, and during the highway pursuit an officer believed he was being shot at by the suspect, Tan said. The officer was not struck by gunfire.
Per protocol, the California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit, which ended in Fairfield where the truck was stopped and the suspect, a man in his early 20s, was taken into custody, Tan said.
The suspect has not been identified.
The incident led to the shutdown of eastbound lanes on I-80 to search for and gather evidence, Tan said.
Scattered on the highway, police found firearm parts and ammunition believed to have been the rifle the suspect was seen with near Andy’s Donuts, Tan said. RPD was trying to determine if shots were fired.
The incident remains under investigation.