Motorcyclist Killed in Shootout During Police Pursuit Through Meyers

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EL DORADO COUNTY -- A motorcyclist was killed Monday afternoon in an exchange of gunfire with the officers who had been chasing him through Meyers.

According to officers, the shootout occurred during a 7-to-10-mile chase that started along Highway 89 as officers closed in on their suspect.

"Doesn't happen too often. He did have the felony warrant for his arrest for armed robbery with a firearm," said El Dorado County Sheriff's Sgt. Anthony Prencipe. "So there's a little bit of history of that. But to drive and shoot, not typically heard of."

Instead of slowing down, the man sped off on a black Kawasaki, using his bike and bullets to try and escape. Officers say they took fire almost immediately.

"They did not return fire until they got to this area here on North Upper Truckee," Prencipe said.

The sheriff's office said the police pursuit ended when the man was hit by police gunfire. It is unknown how many officers or deputies fired at him.

The motorcyclist was treated for a gunshot wound but later died.

Highway 89 at South Upper Truckee Road remained closed in both directions Monday night as evidence was gathered there.

As of 10 p.m., there was no word about why the rider may have turned onto North Upper Truckee Road or perhaps run into the woods. That's where teams from the California Highway Patrol, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, El Dorado County Sheriff's Office and the El Dorado County District Attorney seemed to be concentrating a lot of their efforts more than six hours into the investigation.

The motorcyclist was later identified as 34-year-old Billy Jo Johnson.

No officers were hurt during the incident.

If you saw any of the chase or shooting Monday afternoon you're asked to call 530-621-6600.

Stay with FOX40 for more updates.


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