The Sheriff’s STARR1 helicopter is currently assisting at least 3 law enforcement agencies in the vehicle and now foot pursuit of a lone male suspect.
We believe this may have originated in Pittsburg, but haven’t been able to confirm that. The suspect was last seen on foot, in the area near the northern end of Sunvalley Mall.
Please avoid the area.
Update, Tuesday 6:10 p.m.: The suspect ran into the Nordstrom Rack store and may be hiding in a bathroom or the ceiling. The store is being evacuated. We’re also getting reports the the Safeway store, which is immediately next door, was also evacuated.
Update, Tuesday 6:15 p.m.: It does appear that the suspect is now hiding in the ceiling. There is access to the roof, so STARR1 is orbiting the scene in order to continuously observe.
Update, Tuesday 6:30 p.m.: Both stores have been completely evacuated. Officers on scene are continuing to hold the perimeter and forming a plan of action. K9 and drone Officers are standing by.
Update, Tuesday 8 p.m.: After another switch of helicopters back to STARR1, who ultimately had to leave, they are now using drones in their place. Specially trained and equipped officers are in a very tight perimeter around the building. Negotiators are trying to establish contact with the suspect.
Update, Wednesday 12 a.m.: As of midnight, the incident is still ongoing. About 6 hours have elapsed. Negotiators are still trying to establish contact with the suspect.
Update, Wednesday morning: Police are still on scene. Safeway and Nordstrom are both closed. Police still have not contacted the suspect.