A high-speed police chase that started in San Luis Obispo County ended in gunfire and death last Friday near the El Capitan Ranch in Goleta. Both southbound lanes of Highway 101 were closed for more than five hours as 41-year-old Jose Cabrera – a parolee from San Jose with several warrants out for his arrest – drove a hijacked jeep with hostages into the 805. When the jeep ran out of gas, Cabrera abandoned the hostages, stole a delivery truck near the Tajiguas landfill, and continued south. After hitting a spike strip, Cabrera ran across the freeway toward two vehicles parked near the northbound off-ramp of the El Capitan Ranch exit. He opened fire on the cars without knowing they belonged to two off-duty narcotics officers from San Luis Obispo County who were helping a broken-down motorist. One of the officers returned fire, striking Cabrera three times and killing him.

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