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Redondo Beach murder suspect kills self in standoff with Utah police

Redondo Beach resident Russell Scott Goldberg; 2007 Saturn Vue, Calif. plate 6NAP316

February 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A suspect in the murder of a Redondo Beach woman was in a standoff with police in Utah Wednesday night after being sought since Wednesday morning. After a three-hour standoff, he was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Redondo Beach Police were seeking Russell Scott Goldberg as a suspect in the murder of a Redondo Beach woman.

The Redondo Beach Police Department received a request Wednesday morning to check on the welfare of a female residing on the 1200 block of Agate Street.

Police found a deceased adult female at the apartment. A homicide investigation was begun. The woman was identified by Redondo Police as Margaret Ann Goldberg, 45. She was the suspect's ex-wife. The divorce was recently finalized, according to police.

Police were seeking a suspect in the case. Redondo Beach resident Russell Scott Goldberg, 49, was believed to be driving a green 2007 Saturn Vue with California license plate 6NAP316. The vehicle has a diagonal yellow sticker on its rear bumper.

Goldberg was described as a 49-year-old white male, standing 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.

Police believed Goldberg was armed; he has a weapon registered in his name.

Goldberg was located at about 6:15 p.m. local time in Utah, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

UHP officers saw the Saturn after receiving a bulletin to be on the lookout for the car. Officers began following the vehicle on the northbound Interstate 15 Highway.

The Saturn did not pull over and officers began pursuing. Speeds stayed between 55 and 70 mph, according to the UHP.

The car was disabled by a spike strip in the freeway at 6:43 p.m. The car came to a stop near the city of Beaver, Utah. The driver did not surrender to officers.

The UHP said at 8 p.m. Pacific Time, a standoff continued. About 11 miles of the freeway were closed to traffic.

SWAT teams were reportedly being deployed. The suspect was still considered armed and dangerous Wednesday night.

By 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time, the suspect was found dead in the vehicle from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to authorities.

Earlier Wednesday he was considered a person of interest, but by 4 p.m. police said Goldberg is a suspect in the crime.

Police received the welfare-check request at 9:08 a.m. from a caller in New York.

The Redondo Beach Police Department had advised the general public not to take action if they encounter Goldberg and instead to call 911.

If anyone has information about Russell Scott Goldberg or his whereabouts contact the Redondo Beach Police Department tip line at (310) 937-6685; text (310) 339-2362, email crimetips@redondo.org, or contact the department directly at (310) 379-2477.