San Mateo back open Thursday after dramatic public suicide

Posted at: 12/13/2012 7:57 AM
Updated at: 12/13/2012 8:02 AM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

San Mateo between Copper and Central finally opened back up late Wednesday night after a man committed suicide in traffic.

Police closed the busy street after the shooting happened around 3 p.m. Wednesday and did not reopen it until nearly midnight.

The dramatic public suicide happened after a man led police on a police chase from the Premier Motel on Central and Solano to the median on San Mateo, just north of Central.

There, he took his own life.

Police said the man had an argument with someone in the motel. There was a bullet hole in a car and crime tape at the motel, but no one was injured at the motel.

After police came to the scene, the man got in a blue car and sped away from them. Police said he pointed a gun to his head while he was driving.

"They pulled their guns on him and told him to stop and get out of the vehicle. He wouldn't stop," one woman said who did not want to be identified.

She went on to describe what happened next.

"Spun him around (with their cars) and that's how he ended up on the median. And everyone started running over to see what was going on and I just heard a pop and I turned around and his windshield was shattered," she said.

Police rushed to the car after the man fired the gun and found him dead, slumped over inside the car.

Police have not released any new information about the man's identity, but said that is because they need to notify his next-of-kin.

They said new information will be released later Thursday morning.

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