Bay Area Bridge toll plaza shooter arrested

August 12, 2009 8:24:21 AM PDT
A man believed responsible for the shooting deaths of two people at the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toll plaza has been arrested.Truckee CHP officers arrested 46-year-old Nathaniel Burris at about 3:00 a.m.. He is now being held at the Placer County jail.

Police say Burris drove up to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toll plaza at about 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday with a shotgun and killed his girlfriend, 51-year-old Deborah Ross, who is a toll collector. Police say he then killed a male toll collector in his 40s, who was sitting inside his white truck in the plaza's parking lot.

Burris fled the scene going westbound on the bridge in a Western Eagle airport shuttle van.

Burris lived with Ross at a Richmond apartment complex. Officers believe that both victims were targeted and may have been involved in some sort of love triangle.

Witness accounts were key to his arrest; Burris was spotted at about midnight in Auburn at that point police heard he was headed to Reno. The CHP spotted his van at 3:00 a.m. on I-80 near Yuba Gap going eastbound. The CHP said they saw him turnaround and start going westbound. He was arrested at the Baxter exit near Blue Canyon.

"We are very happy that the suspect is in custody because of the nature of this crime, the brazenness and just the horror of the event that took place yesterday its comforting to know that he is behind bars," said Richmond Police Sergeant Bisa French.

Police say that Burris did cooperate when he was taken into custody by officers. They say the motive for the shooting was a domestic dispute between him and his girlfriend. They are still trying to figure out the relationship between Burris and the other male victim.

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