Napa wine tour operator killed by police on I-80 in Emeryville
A man who died after exchanging gunfire with police officers on Interstate 80 in Emeryville on Wednesday, Sept. 27 has been identified as 45-year-old Demilo Hodge, owner of Excursion Limousine Service based in Napa.
Hodge owned and managed the Executive Excursion Limousine Service, offering wine tours in the Napa and Sonoma areas.
Around 8:40 a.m., Sept. 27, Fairfield police detectives tried to apprehend a homicide suspect but he fled.
The pursuit of Hodge went onto westbound Interstate 80. Richmond police got involved when the chase. California Highway Patrol officers used a spike strip on the suspect’s vehicle near University Avenue.
The pursuit ended in Emeryville, where the vehicle hit a concrete barrier and came to a stop west of Powell Street. Following a standoff, Hodge allegedly shot at Fairfield and Richmond police officers, who returned fire and struck him, police said.
Hodge was taken to a hospital, where he died, authorities said.
Hodge was wanted in connection with the killing of 68-year-old William Freeman in the 800 block of Sunset Court in Fairfield on Dec. 10, 2015, according to Fairfield police.
Hodge was featured in a “10 Questions” feature in the Napa Valley Register in May, 2016.
In his interview, he described himself as “a businessman with a heart of gold. I am very sentimental, caring and devoted as well as dedicated to people’s happiness and joy.”