The initial confrontation occurred about 8:45 a.m. in or near the 21000 block of Oak River Lane, said Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Deputies were in the area on a stolen vehicle investigation when 30-year- old Jesse Tucker of Santa Clarita tried to run over a deputy, said Deputy Joshua Dubin of the sheriff’s Santa Clarita Valley Station.
The stolen vehicle was a white Ford F-150 that had the name of a landscaping contractor on its side, said Detective Lt. Brenda Cambra.
It was initially reported as being stolen by its owner from the 25200 block of The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch about 8 a.m. The suspect jumped into the pickup truck and drove it away, Cambra said.
The Ford was equipped with tracking equipment which enabled deputies to locate it near Newhall Avenue and Sierra Highway in Newhall.
The deputy first saw a person talking to the driver and thought that the person was associated with the suspect.
However, the vehicle suddenly came out of a service road and aimed at the person and the deputy in an apparent attempt to kill one or both of them, Cambra said.
The deputy fired a round, which hit the passenger window, and caused the suspect Tucker to crash the truck into a small retainer wall. He then ran. The person was cooperating with the investigation.
A large search was conducted, but Tucker was not found until he barricaded himself in a home in the 25000 block of Vermont Drive in Newhall around 7:20 p.m., sheriff’s Deputy Kelvin Moody said.
The occupants of the home and the one next door were evacuated.
Tucker was taken into custody around 10:30 p.m. without further incident, Moody said.
—City News Service
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