Routine Traffic Stop Ends in Suicide

By Lori Preuitt
|  Thursday, Aug 18, 2011  |  Updated 3:06 PM PDT
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Routine Traffic Stop Ends in Suicide

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A routine traffic stop became anything but routine when the driver pulled out a gun and killed himself.

A California Highway Patrol officer didn't know he was dealing with a suicidal driver when he pulled over a man this morning in Concord.

The CHP said a routine stop of a suspected impaired driver along Highway 4 near Port Chicago Highway turned into a fatality in an instant.

The stop happened at 9:20 a.m. The CHP said after the officer approached the car, the driver displayed a handgun and shot himself.

The CHP said the incident is being investigated as an officer involved fatal incident because the man was interacting with police when he died.

A stretch of Port Chicago Highway and a portion of Highway 4 were shut down for hours Thursday while evidence was collected.

The driver has not been identified. He was taken to John Muir Hospital where he pronounced dead.
 

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