By Rachel Wulff


YUBA CITY (CBS13) – Many questions still remain as to why a man led authorities on a high-speed chase through several counties on Monday.

Cell phone video captured the final confrontation between the suspect and police: A police officer opening fire on a suspect inside a minivan at the intersection of Highway 99 and Franklin Road in Yuba City.

“It was crazy. Everybody was, like, did you jump for cover?” said Klint Schroeder, who took the video.

Schroeder was trying to fix his Jeep at a gas station across the street when he saw a minivan fly by, followed by a flurry of police. The driver had reportedly rammed multiple law enforcement vehicles on a destructive chase through several counties before being cornered by this motorcycle officer.

“It looked like he tried to ram the cop head-on, and then the cop did a James Bond tuck and roll and flipped out of the way and hopped up and started firing,” said Schroeder.

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What Schroeder didn’t know was the chase started this morning in downtown Sacramento at a Budget car rental center.

“He had come in earlier then left and come back,” said the manager.

The manager, who didn’t want to be identified, said she was dealing with a lobby full of customers when a homeless man started talking to customers.

“Just ‘Where are you from? What are you doing?’ Stupid stuff like that,” she said.

And before she knew it, she said he had snatched keys from a rental that had just been returned and took off.

“It was weird cause I didn’t see his hand come across the counter.”

One customer called 911 while the other followed him.

“He said, ‘I am going to see if I can catch him’ and they both went down the wrong way on I Street. They were off to the races.”

But he got away. He popped up next in Roseville when a woman saw him driving erratically after police say he was involved in a hit-and-run.

“We noticed his bumper and back end had really bad damage,” Tamara Morgan-Boyce said. “He was dragging his bumper with him into the parking lot. Very suspicious.”

She called the police, but not before he took off again – leading police on a high-speed chase on Interstate 80, and then Highway 99. He even went the wrong way at one point, all the way to Yuba City.

Where he was finally stopped, it’s a sight Schroeder will never forget.

“It was intense. You’ve never seen anything like that before,” said Schroeder.

Schroeder said he heard more than 12 shots. Police say nobody was injured except the suspect. His name has not been released.

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  1. Caroline Glenn Presson says:

    My husband and I came off I-80 at Atlantic street and seen at least 7 cops hitting their lights and sirens all of a sudden. My husband and I knew something was up. Hit the light there where the high school is and let a cop go from the light there because we knew he was headed to where the other cops were headed. Got down to Vernon and Riverside at the light and seen and heard more cops coming. Told my husband not to turn even if the light turned green because there were more coming. Just then a light colored van with his bumper dragging came flying through the intersection at a high rate of speed. A lady at the intersection across from where we were turned right into the path of the cops chasing him! I was like “NO! can’t you see a high speed chase going on!!” I can’t believe she did that, but am so happy no one ended up getting hurt during that chase. Scary! I have to say the cops involved were very cautious in approaching that intersection, which probably saved that women’s life and theirs. People should really pay more attention to what is going on around them!!

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