UPDATE: The Lassen County Sheriff's Office has released the identity of the suspect killed after a high speed chase that happened on Monday night.

25-year-old Zachary Linboyd Estepp, of Herlong, California, had an extensive criminal history and convictions from multiple central valley counties.

Deputies identified Estepp as a suspect in a theft at a Big 5 Sporting Goods store in Susanville on the morning of July 9. 

The official cause of his death is pending receipt of the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Report, as well as toxicology results.

Anyone with any information related to this case is encouraged to contact the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office at 530-257-6121.

(Lassen County Sheriff's Office contributed to this report).


Original Story: The Lassen County Sheriff's Office has released more information on the high speed chase that ended with a homicide.

CHP in Susanville says its dispatch center got several 911 calls about a reckless driver on Highway 395 north near the Honey Lake rest area around 7 p.m. Monday. 

CHP says a trooper spotted the speeding U-Haul pick-up on Highway 395 south near the intersection of County Road A-3. 

The officer eventually lost sight of the pickup which was going about 105 mph. 

CHP says a passing driver told them the truck was on Ponderosa Drive. The officer contacted the suspect who refused to obey commands and then sped away for about a mile when the suspect then lost control and rolled the truck colliding with another vehicle. That driver suffered unknown injuries. 

CHP says the suspect then ran away. 

Residents of a home southwest of the collision on Hicks Road yelled to CHP officers. When they got there, the officers found a pick-up truck in the back yard of the residence and discovered the homeowner had shot a single round from a handgun at the driver of the truck, who was believed to be the suspect who had fled the scene of the collision.

The Lassen County Deputy Coroner declared the driver dead on scene.

Lassen County Sheriff's Office say they believe the suspect from the collision ran to the resident's home on foot, where he entered through an open garage door. Armed with a beer bottle, the suspect entered the home and confronted the residents, threatening to kill them if they did not turn over their car keys. 

A woman in the home retrieved a set of keys and a handgun from another room, gave the keys to the suspect and handed the gun to the adult male resident. They then told the suspect to stop and put his hands up.

The suspect did not comply and left through the garage door, where he tried to steal the resident's vehicle. The suspect accelerated and drove toward the male resident who had followed him outside, when the man shot the suspect.

The vehicle came to a stop and officers arrived on scene a short time later.

The identity of the suspect is not being released at this time.

CHP is investigating the vehicle collision and Lassen County Sheriff's Office is investigating the homicide.