Fugitive Found Dead In Bethel Island

Police find the body of a wanted fugitive

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    The manhunt is over for a fugitive wanted for shooting at police officers near Oakley in the East Bay.

    The suspect's body was located in his car at 5 a.m. Wednesday, and his car was found parked on Bethel Island in the area of Piper and Sugar Barge roads. The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office say the fugitive died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

    The discovery ends a manhunt that began just before 1 a.m. when Oakley police tried to pull him over for a traffic violation.   He sped away and was being pursued onto Bethel Island when he shot at one of the officers, police said. The bullet missed and hit a squad car.

    Throughout the morning, police searched the area and advised residents to stay inside and to lock their doors and windows.  

    Bethel Island is a small community located east of San Francisco about an hour's drive away.   It lies on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.   Nearly 2,500 people call the area home.