All eastbound lanes of the Bay Bridge were closed from 3:45 to about 9:20 this morning, after a reported police shooting on the span.
Multiple city and law enforcement agencies tweeted news of the closure at around 6:30 Sunday morning, all saying that the bridge is expected to reopen around 8 a.m. The investigation took longer than expected, however, and according to Alert SF the bridge didn't reopen until about 9:20 Sunday.
The San Francisco Bay Bridge is closed to EB traffic. Estimated time of reopening is 8:00 a.m. See SF511 for alt routes.— San Francisco DEM (@SF_emergency) June 18, 2017
As a news story breaking early on a Sunday morning, details have emerged slowly. KTVU reports that officers with the California Highway Patrol say that "At 3:45 a.m. highway patrol officers were investigating a crash involving multiple lanes on the bridge when a vehicle drove toward an officer for unknown reasons."
"An officer opened fire, shooting the suspect multiple times," they report.
According to the Examiner, the collision occurred just west of the toll plaza.
At a press conference Sunday morning, CHP spokesperson Officer Vu Williams said that as officers investigated the two-car collision, they "spotted a red car driving on the right shoulder bypassing the traffic," KRON 4 reports.
“A red Cadillac came down the right shoulder of the bridge," Williams said. "Officers gave multiple commands to stop. After several commands to stop, multiple rounds were fired and the vehicle came to rest."
“They ordered him several times to stop, but he kept coming at them,” Williams told CBS 5. “An officer felt threatened and opened fire.”
The Cadillac's driver was transported to Oakland's Highland Hospital. As of 7:45 a.m., his condition was unknown.
Long line of people trying to get onto the Bay Bridge eastbound. Police blocking all entrances to the bridge. pic.twitter.com/yq3KWpyIkg— Kyle Madson (@KyleAMadson) June 18, 2017
KRON 4 reports that the closure, which is just east of the Yerba Buena Island tunnel, has backed up eastbound traffic "for at least a mile," leaving cars "parked on the bridge because there is nowhere to go." As of 7:45, CHP officers were reportedly "turning cars around, directing them to drive the wrong way in order to get off the bridge."
For those stuck in the #BayBridge eb closure pls be patient. We are working on getting you all turned around to exit at Treasure Island— CHP San Francisco (@CHPSanFrancisco) June 18, 2017
Literally about to pee my pants. Can I send my invoice to you to reimburse me for my car detail afterwards?— chelseycurrently (@Chelseykayxo) June 18, 2017
You ain't doing shit, y'all just kicking rocks over small chatter. No active crisis at hand so why the hell you detaining us on the bridge— Hughes (@chianggy) June 18, 2017
I need to use bathroom right now!! What should do?! Start flowing the traffic at least one lane please— ชื่อคุณคนเล็ก(คคล) (@ChoKyuhyunTH) June 18, 2017