The who authorities say evaded them for hours, stole numerous cars and caused a lengthy traffic stoppage on the Yolo Causeway Friday was killed in an apartment in the Arden Arcade area of Sacramento County later that day, according to authorities.
The man, who was identified as 38-year-old Jimmy Lee Graves, eventually holed himself up in the Ardenaire Apartments on Ethan Way, according to a press release from Sacramento County Sheriff's Department spokesman Dep. Jason Ramos.
The county sheriff's department had been assisting the West Sacramento Police Department in the hunt for the suspect.
Ramos said Graves broke a hole in a second-story apartment wall, and began stacking furniture on the apartment's balcony. Soon, officials could see that the unit was on fire.
They tried to evacuate residents of the apartment complex, but couldn't, as they were focused on trying to contain Graves, according to the press release.
"In addition, fire personnel could not be brought safely up to the apartment to combat the fire, which was beginning to burn out of control and potentially threaten the lives of residents in nearby apartments," the press release states. "It was determined that the actions of the suspect had to be neutralized if there would be any chance of suppressing the fire and helping other residents."
Four sheriff's deputies, all part of the department's Special Enforcement Detail, shot and killed Graves as he stacked furniture on the balcony, according to the press release.
"Preliminary indications are that this individual is, indeed, the suspect involved in an earlier crime spree in West Sacramento and Yolo County, that included carjackings and the exchange of gunfire with West Sacramento police officers," the press release states.
The deputies will be placed on administrative leave, which is common practice for situations where officers are involved in shootings. They have 13, 13, 19 and 23 years of experience with the department, Ramos said.