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Suspect in Lincoln, CA homicide found dead after pursuit on I-80 east of Truckee

CHP: Pursuit of double-homicide suspect shuts down I-80 EB near Truckee. (Video courtesy Robert G. Scott of Lake Tahoe TV News)

A chase for a California homicide suspect came to an end on Interstate 80 east of Truckee on Wednesday when authorities found the wanted individual dead inside his car.

California Highway Patrol had closed eastbound Interstate 80 at Overland Trail, seven miles east of Truckee, in response to the pursuit of a homicide suspect Wednesday afternoon.

Officer Pete Mann said the freeway was shut down because the Placer County Sheriff's Office was in pursuit of a homicide suspect. According to the Lincoln Police Department, the suspect allegedly shot and killed a woman in a garage Wednesday morning in Lincoln, California. The victim was identified by the Placer County Sheriff's Coroner's Unit as 35-year-old Renee Sue O'Neal, of Lincoln.

A witness observed a white Hyundai fleeing the area, police say.

According to Lincoln police, the suspect's vehicle was located eastbound on I-80 in Placer County, prompting the suspect to flee. In an effort to stop the vehicle, spike strips were deployed, bringing the vehicle to a stop on I-80, west of Hirschdale.

Lincoln police say officers approached the vehicle and found the driver deceased with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities say the suspect's identity will be released by the Coroner's Division of the Nevada County Sheriff's Office, as the death occurred in Nevada County.

CalTrans reported at about 4:45 p.m. that eastbound I-80 was back open.

This is a developing story. Stay with us for updates.


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