Suspect in deadly Pacifica stabbing found dead

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The suspect in the deadly stabbing in Pacifica Thursday morning has been found dead. 

He was identified as Jason Gillenwater, 46.

At around 7:45 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Naomi Avenue after being notified of domestic violence. 

At the scene, officers found a man and woman, both suffering from stab wounds. 

Police said the suspected killer was seen leaving the area on foot. 

The female victim was taken to the hospital while the male victim was pronounced dead at the scene. 

“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and keeping the family members and Pacifica community close in our hearts as they cope with this profound loss,” said Pacifica Police Chief Maria Sarasua.

The nearby Vallemar Elementary, which is five minutes by foot from the scene of the crime, was placed on lockdown “out of an abundance of caution.”

UPD spotted the suspect vehicle going southbound on Highway 101 between Gobbi Street and Perkins Street. 

At around 1:45 p.m., Gillenwater was found dead near the car with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

PPD said Gillenwater obtained the gun in Colusa County after committing the stabbing. 


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