Routine Traffic Stop Ends in Suicide - NBC Bay Area

Routine Traffic Stop Ends in Suicide



    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.