Suspect in fatal Santa Rosa shooting kills self on I-5

A man sought in the shooting death of a Santa Rosa massage therapist committed suicide Monday morning in Stockton when he stepped into highway traffic as police were attempting to arrest him.

Santa Rosa detectives believe the man, John Quincy Ellis, 46, shot Carole Marie Brooks, 61, Sunday afternoon, possibly during an attempted robbery.

Brooks died later Sunday at a local hospital.

Woman Shot In Santa Rosa


Detectives tracked Ellis to Stockton during the night after tracing the rental car seen leaving the shooting scene on Clark Street near downtown Santa Rosa.

At about 8:20 a.m. Monday, Stockton and Santa Rosa officers pulled Ellis over as he drove the rental car.

Ellis stopped along a northbound onramp of Interstate 5 and got out, facing several officers who were pointing their weapons at him and yelling for him to drop to the ground, said Santa Rosa Police Lt. Steve Bair.

"He's yelling at the police to shoot him. He's making motions into his waistband as if he has a gun," said Bair.

When the officers didn't fire, Ellis ran across the onramp and then walked out onto the highway.

"A small car avoided him. But he stood in front of an oncoming big rig and kind of squatted down, facing it," said Bair.

The truck driver locked up his brakes but couldn't stop in time. CHP officers were investigating the fatal collision as a suicide, said Bair.

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