SUISUN CITY — A man was shot and killed Friday by Fairfield police in a hail of gunfire just outside of Suisun City after he opened fire on officers, authorities announced early Saturday.
The officer-involved shooting was the end result of a failed traffic stop shortly after 9 p.m. in the area of Grande Circle and East Tabor Avenue in Fairfield. The nature of the traffic stop was not released other than to say it was for a traffic violation.
Deputy Daryl P. Snedeker, public information officer for the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, said the man, tentatively identified as a Suisun City resident, fired several shots at officers after his black 2003 Hummer became stuck on an embankment at the westernmost section of Bella Vista Drive, off of Walters Road.
Officers then shot the man several times before he dropped his handgun, Snedeker said in a Saturday morning press release. He was taken to a local trauma center where he died of his injuries.
No officers were injured in the exchange of gunfire.
The man’s name and age were not released. He has what Snedeker described as “an extensive criminal history” that includes arrests for multiple armed robberies in other states.
Friday’s incident began as a traffic stop for what Snedeker described as “an observed traffic violation.” The driver sped away, and a chase ensued that took Fairfield officers into nearby Suisun City. The driver led officers into a residential area along Bella Vista Drive before taking the Hummer into a field and getting it stuck on an embankment near Bluejay Drive.
“The driver initially stepped out of the vehicle, but quickly ducked back into the driver’s compartment and retrieved a handgun.” Snedeker said in the release. “Several shots were fired by the suspect at the officers.”
The officers returned fire, ending the exchange. The number of officers who fired at the man was not released.
Sheriff’s Office investigators are handling the criminal investigation since the shooting occurred just outside the Suisun City limits. Investigators with the Solano County District Attorney’s Office are assisting with the criminal investigation. Fairfield police are monitoring the investigation internally.
Chief Walt Tibbet of the Fairfield Police Department said that’s standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting. Officers are placed on paid administrative leave while authorities investigate a shooting they’re involved in.
Friday’s fatal officer-involved shooting was the second in as many days in central Solano County and the third in three weeks.
Police in Vacaville shot and killed 24-year-old Kendall Walker of Fairfield on Thursday night after a pursuit through a residential area. Walker died at the scene.
Police said Walker tried to run down an officer who was trying to deploy a spike strip to stop Walker’s car. Once stopped, police said Walker got out of his car and, armed with a hammer and a knife, moved aggressively toward officers who were also out of their cars. That’s when Walker was shot.
Thursday’s fatal shooting came just shy of three weeks after police in Vacaville shot and killed Lonnie Taylor, 21, of Sacramento, on June 28 after he allegedly tried to run down officers during a traffic stop on eastbound Interstate 80.
Taylor led officers on a brief freeway pursuit after he was shot. The chase ended when Taylor crashed near Midway Avenue. He died a short time later at Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center.
Friday’s incident was the Fairfield department’s second fatal officer-involved shooting of the year.
Saan Pao Saeteurn, 32, who had addresses in both Fairfield and Suisun City, was shot and killed the afternoon of May 2 by Fairfield police at the Suisun City boat launch.
Fairfield police were there along with officers from other agencies after Suisun police called for help to deal with a suicidal man who was armed with a rifle. Police said Saeteurn threatened officers with the rifle and was shot. Six Fairfield officers were involved in that shooting.
The rifle turned out to be a pellet gun that police said was “nearly indistinguishable” from a real rifle without first handling it.
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