ALAMO (CBS SF) – The California Highway Patrol was searching for a second suspect in the shooting of a CHP officer on Interstate 680 in Alamo Tuesday and have located the suspect vehicle, according to the CHP.
One suspect was also shot and critically hurt, according to CHP Sgt. Diana McDermott. Both the officer and the suspect were taken to hospitals, said McDermott.
The shooting prompted the closure of Interstate 680 in both directions in the Walnut Creek area. Northbound lanes reopened around 1:00 p.m. Southbound lanes remain closed, and there was no estimate yet for when they would reopen.
The CHP said officers located a 1998 black Nissan Maxima with license plate number 5TZB244 at an undisclosed location in Danville. No word yet on the whereabouts of the driver, identified as 35-year-old Daisi Garcia.
McDermott said the officer is male, but did not have additional information on him or the suspect who was shot.McDermott said it appears the shooting was preceded by a traffic stop, and that gunfire was exchanged by the CHP officer and the suspect.
Contra Costa County Sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said the shooting happened near the Livorna Road exit off I-680 in Alamo at around 8:30 a.m.
The CHP said I-680 was closed in both directions at Rudgear Road. Traffic was at a standstill on 680 in Walnut Creek and on surrounding city streets.