One dead after car crashes into tree along I-5 in Chula Vista

One dead after car crashes into tree along I-5 in Chula Vista
Off-Duty CHP Officer Fatally Shoots Wife, Himself and Injures Store Owner
The office says that deputies arrived at the store in Martell as shots were being fired. They later found 45-year-old Brad Wheat, a California Highway Patrol officer, and his wife, 42-year-old Mary Wheat, dead in the parking lot.

It says the man who called authorities was shot on the shoulder during a struggle inside the store involving all three. The man was airlifted to a hospital where he is being treated.

The man was driving on the freeway near I-905 in south San Diego County when he noticed the steering wheel start to shake, the California Highway Patrol said.

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CBS Sacramento reports Wheat was trying to get inside Get Ripped Nutrition, and when he couldnt, he shot the window out. Detectives say theyre still looking for a motive.

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“It appears the initial struggle occurred inside the building and at some point, it left the building,” said Amador County Sheriff Martin Ryan.

Ryan says Wheat shot the store owner in the shoulder, then shot his wife, before turning the gun on himself. He adds the couple was very-well known throughout Amador County.

When the man pulled over, he found his tire had been shot, and there were two bullet holes in his door and driver’s seat.

The sheriff says Mary Wheat owned a cross-fit gym and was involved in local churches and high schools.

CHP investigators did not announce whether their investigation determined the shots were fired in Mexico or on the freeway.

Brad Wheat also volunteered his time at local high schools and was well-known among the law enforcement community in Amador County.

“They were both very personable, easy to get to know and easy to like. She was very bubbly, I think more outgoing than Brad,” the sheriff said.

“Lately, Mary had been coming in to have lunch, to have a drink, shell be at the bar just hanging out,” Vallejo said.

Vallejo says she saw Mary on Friday having lunch with the owner of Get Ripped Nutrition, the business next door to Vallejos restaurant.

The California Highway Patrol confirms Wheat worked as a CHP officer out of the Amador office. He had been there for the past two years.

A high-speed chase that began in Santa Clara County early Wednesday and later passed through the East Bay has been called off, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A high-speed chase that began in Santa Clara County early Wednesday and later passed through the East Bay has been called off, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The chase was called off at some point after it reached Interstate 780 in Benicia, according to the CHP.

Footage from the chase captured the vehicle racing along northbound Interstate 680 near Danville and Alamo as multiple law enforcement vehicles followed close behind.


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