Name released of suspected DUI driver shot by police

Published: Feb. 3, 2017 at 7:12 AM PST
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Placer County Sheriff's Office has released the name of a man shot and killed by deputies.

Investigators say about 1:40AM February 3, 2017, CHP officers tried to pull over a suspected DUI driver, said to be driving dangerously and erratically on Highway 28. He has since been identified as 27-year-old Jose Gonzales Lera of from Lakewood, Colorado. He refused to stop, leading to a chase, which was ended a few minutes later because a chase was deemed unsafe for the community. At 2:45AM, Placer County says a deputy saw the car on Highway 28, near Dollar Hill, again driving erratically, and attempted to pull him over. The driver refused and another pursuit began.

California Highway Patrol used spike strips to stop Lera on Highway 89, between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Investigators say he got out of the car, holding a female passenger hostage at gunpoint, and walked away. He pointed his gun at deputies and at passing vehicles. He walked up the driveway of a home with deputies and CHP officers behind him, trying to negotiate with him. Placer County says fearing for the safety and lives of the hostage and the people inside the home where he was headed, deputies shot Lera, who was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else is hurt.

Investigators have not revealed information about the relationship between Lera and the hostage.