Hwy 80 standoff over, suspect in custody

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A tense hostage standoff on a freeway near the Sierra summit has ended peacefully tonight.

The CHP says Andrew Jason Rosas has surrendered to authroities about two hours after releasing his wife and three children.

The standoff with an armed man with a shotgun lasted with about eight hours and shut down the main northern artery linking California and Nevada near the summit.

Stan Perez, the chief of the California Highway Patrol Valley Division, says the hostage negotiators are heroes who saved five lives.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Capt. Scott Jones said Rosas fled as deputies tried to arrest him on a warrant after his $70,000 bond was revoked. Rosas was scheduled for sentencing Thursday and faced more than 15 years in prison, Jones said.

It was not immediately clear what crime led to his conviction.

After deputies spotted Rosas in his vehicle at a fast food restaurant, he led them and CHP officers on a chase that reached speeds of 80 mph, said Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. R.L. Davis.

A spike strip stopped his sedan on Interstate 80 near Norden, about 90 miles northeast of Sacramento.

Ken Waters, identified by KCRA as the suspect's bail bondsman, arrived at the scene early Wednesday evening. He described the standoff as tense.

"He threatened to kill his children," Waters told KCRA, adding "I hope this comes to a peaceful end."

Officers brought a relative from Sacramento to help in negotiations.

ABC7 contributed to this report

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