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Posted: 7:02 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2013
KTVU and Wires
GUERNEVILLE, Calif. —
A deputy sheriff shot and killed kidnapping suspect following a vehicle pursuit in an unincorporated area of Sonoma County near Guerneville late Thursday night.
At 10:47 p.m., sheriff's deputies received a call from the San Rafael Police Department regarding an in progress kidnapping.
According to sheriff's deputies, the kidnapping victim was able to send a text by cell phone to a friend.
The friend received the text and contacted San Rafael police, who relayed the information to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.
“(The text said) she was concerned for her safety and being driven to Sonoma County against her will,” said Santa Rosa police Capt. Craig Schwartz.
More text messages helped deputies spot the suspect's car on Guerneville Road in Santa Rosa, setting off a high speed chase through winding roads.
A vehicle description was relayed to sheriff's deputies, who spotted the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop on Guerneville Road in Santa Rosa.
The suspect failed to yield and a police pursuit ensued as the suspect continued westbound on Guerneville Road.
Deputies laid spike strips on the roadway to immobilize the vehicle at two separate locations, but the suspect was able to evade them, deputies said.
Shortly after 11:20 p.m., the suspect lost control of the vehicle and struck an embankment in a privatre development along Odd Fellows Road.
Deputies found the victim uninjured, deputies said.
In the course of the arrest a sheriff's deputy fatally shot the suspect, deputies said.
“He eventually lost control of his car and crashed into an embankment, at which point, the deputies were able to assist the female victim from the car,” Schwartz said.
Investigators have not identified the man, or said if he was armed.
According to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Employee-Involved Fatal Incident Protocol has been invoked.
The Santa Rosa Police Department is leading the investigation and is expected to release more details on the case Friday evening.
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