Police now say that Thursday’s chase, which ended with officers shooting and killing a suspect, started after residents in one neighborhood reported someone threatening them.
According to a release by the Vacaville Police Department, 24-year-old Fairfield resident Kendall Walker was at a south Vacaville home and was armed with a knife, hammer and another weapon police describe as sharp and metallic.
Officers showing up to the area saw Walker driving off in a maroon Geo Metro and tried to pull him over, but he started yelling at the officers.
A slow-speed chase soon followed. Near Ulatis and Christine Drives, an officer threw out a spike strip to try and stop Walker. But, Walker was able to swerve out of the way, nearly hitting the officer.
Using pit maneuvers, officers were eventually able to get Walker to stop. However, police say that when he got out of his car, Walker took out his hammer and knife and started walking towards officers.
Police say that Walker ignored officer’s commands, forcing one officer to fire off several rounds – hitting Walker and stopping him.
Walker was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident is Vacaville’s second fatal officer-involved shooting in the past few weeks. Back on June 28, Vacaville Police shot dead another man who led them on a car chase.
Vacaville Police are still investigating the incident and are asking anyone with information to call Detective Mark Ferreira at (707) 449-5258.