Monday, February 6, 2012
"STOCKTON, CA — A man suspected of killing a Santa Rosa woman on Sunday died Monday after he walked away from police in Stockton and stopped in front of an oncoming truck.
"Suspect John Quincy Ellis, 46, of Stockton stepped in front of a tractor trailer rig on Interstate 5 after being confronted by police, Santa Rosa Sgt. Lisa Banayat said.
"Santa Rosa police had tracked Ellis to Stockton during the night after developing information he'd left the scene of the homicide in a Stockton rental car, police reported.
"Stockton police spotted the rental car and stopped Ellis at 8:22 a.m. The suspect pulled over along I-5, got out and asked officers to shoot him.
"When officers didn't fire, Ellis walked onto the highway and stopped in front of an oncoming truck, which struck and killed him, Banayat said.
"Detectives believed Ellis shot a 61-year-old Santa Rosa woman, Carole Marie Brooks.
"The two were together Sunday afternoon at a small rental unit on Clark Street, which Brooks apparently used for her massage therapy business.
"Officers were called to Brooks' home, southeast of downtown, at 1:48 p.m. Sunday. The caller told dispatchers they heard a gunshot and a woman screaming.
"Neighbors saw a man run down the driveway and get into a car. They went to check on the woman and found her coming outside, bleeding from a stomach wound.
"Brooks died some hours later.
"Detectives haven't released any possible motive for the shooting."