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I-80 reopens after fatal morning standoff

Westbound Interstate Highway 80 in Emeryville, which was closed for several hours following a standoff in which police fatally shot a homicide suspect, finally opened at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, the California Highway Patrol said.

The highway’s westbound lanes had been closed for most of the day between state Highway 4 and the Bay Bridge. The highway’s eastbound lanes were reopened shortly before 11 a.m., according to the CHP.

According to a news release put out jointly by Fairfield, Richmond and Emeryville police, detectives from Fairfield were trying to apprehend a homicide suspect around 8:40 a.m. but he failed to yield and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit went onto westbound Highway 80, where Richmond police got involved when it entered their jurisdiction, Richmond police spokesman Lt. Felix Tan said.

CHP officers also assisted and used a spike strip on the suspect vehicle near University Avenue.

The vehicle struck a concrete barrier and came to a stop west of Powell Street, where Richmond police engaged in a standoff with the driver and CHP officers provided traffic control for public safety.

Officers negotiated with the suspect until he opened fire at them.

Officers returned fire and the suspect was struck, according to the three departments.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, police said.

Police have also not yet specified what homicide the suspect was believed to have been connected to.

Emeryville police are handling the investigation into the case.

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