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Murder Suspect Leads CHPs On High-Speed Chase in Northern Calif.

Police take the suspect into custody Wednesday (KPIX)
Police take suspect Prudencio Rubio into custody, Aug. 11, 2010 (KPIX)

BAY POINT, Calif. (CBS/KPIX) A California man was arrested on suspicion of murder, evasion and weapons charges after allegedly leading California Highway Patrol officers on an extensive car chase Wednesday afternoon.

The ordeal began late afternoon Aug. 11 when the Contra Costa County sheriff's office received two calls indicating a home in Bay Point had been burglarized and that a resident inside was shot.

Authorities arrived and found 35-year-old Hector Sanchez dead. He had been shot multiple times.

Investigators identified Prudencio Rubio as the key suspect in the case because of a known ongoing dispute between him and Sanchez, sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee told CBS affiliate KPIX.

Authorities immediately began searching for Rubio's SUV, which was a spotted on a California highway a few hours later. Rubio then led police on an over 20 mile-long chase, the last part of which he drove on three flat tires after running over a spike strip police had laid down in an attempt  to stop him, according to the station.

Throughout the pursuit, Lee says, Rubio periodically held a gun to his own head.

Rubio finally stopped his vehicle on a street near where the burglary and shooting took place hours earlier. Police immediately surrounded the truck but Rubio again put his gun to his head to hold them off, KPIX reported.

Hostage negotiators finally convinced Rubio to surrender after talking with him for over an hour.

Rubio was taken to a local hospital to be treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg.

He is being held on $1.1 million bail.