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Man killed by police after high-speed chase on I-84 was suspected of kidnappings in California, Nevada

Police say the man drove on the wrong side of the freeway, and stole a pickup truck at gunpoint. The chase eventually came to an end at a dairy in Gooding County.
Credit: Twin Falls Police Department
David James Bamber Jr.

WENDELL, Idaho — A man who was shot and killed by police after a high-speed chase on Interstate 84 was wanted by authorities in California and Nevada.

Police on Thursday identified the suspect as 28-year-old David James Bamber Jr. of Pleasanton, California, and said he was wanted on felony warrants out of California for burglary and unlawful possession of a firearm.

He was also a suspect in two separate kidnappings - one in Pleasonton, California and one near Bald Mountain, Nevada.

Tuesday's pursuit began after an Ada County Sheriff's deputy tried to stop a vehicle on I-84 in the Boise area, but the suspect drove away. Law enforcement learned a short time later that the man was wanted and was considered armed and dangerous.

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About 30 minutes later, officers and deputies spotted the vehicle on the interstate in Elmore County and continued pursuing Bamber. Police say the chase reached high speeds and crossed over into oncoming traffic on I-84 between Bliss and Wendell in Gooding County.

When Bamber's vehicle became disabled, police say he stole a pickup truck at gunpoint and again continued to flee law enforcement. Eventually, pursuing officers shot Bamber, ending the chase at a dairy near Wendell.

CPR was performed on the man, but he died at the scene, police said.

The Critical Incident Task Force, led by the Twin Falls Police Department, is investigating the incident.

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