MANTECA, CA - A man who crashed into a propane tank and then barricaded himself inside a propane tank truck in Manteca was taken into custody Wednesday night.
Manteca police officer Jodie Estarziau said the man drove his car into a propane tank on Austin Road and 99 Frontage Road around 6:30 p.m. which exploded.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found a victim who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Officers then confronted the suspected gunman. The suspect exchanged fire with officers and got away from authorities. Estarziau said officers were not hurt by the gunfire.
The man ended up barricading himself inside of a Van Unen Propane truck, which is parked Austin Road and Highway 99, Estarziau said.
Multiple agencies responded to the incident. SWAT set up a staging area at the Crossroads Church at 1505 Moffat Boulevard and a helicopter circled over the area.
California Highway Patrol shut down Highway 99 South, near State Route 120, as authorities negotiated with the suspect. Traffic was backed up for miles while drivers had to take detours at northbound Hwy-99 at Jack Tone Road and at southbound Hwy-99 at Yosemite Avenue.
Police said they were in contact with the suspect throughout the standoff. Just before 11 p.m., police used tear gas and were able to take the man into custody.
The man was shot once during the earlier gun fight and his injuries were non-life threatening, police said.