Friday afternoon San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies shot a suspect who was driving in the wrong way on the 215 Freeway. County Coroner’s Office identified the man as 32-year-old Fontana resident Nicholas Johnson.
The ordeal all started when police identified the suspects vehicle and tried to conduct a traffic stop around 12:50 p.m. The suspect was wanting in relation to a prior home-invasion robbery that took place in Fontana.
Authorities chased the suspects Chevrolet Tahoe through streets in San Bernardino and Fontana before heading in the wrong was lanes of the 215 Freeway. By this point, the suspect had a close call and sideswiped another vehicle.
Sheriff’s Deputy Olivia Bozek stated that the chase reached speeds as high as 100 mph. Deputies inside a sheriff’s helicopter followed the suspect by air when they realized the man was threatening the safety of the public and began to fire rounds at his vehicle.
The suspect then bailed out of the moving vehicle, which crashed head-on into another driver, and finally collapsed on the side of the road. It was confirmed that the 32-year-old suspect had taken gunfire, but authorities were uncertain if they caused his death.
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