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Hostage Situation Backs Up Bay Area Traffic

A man holding his estranged wife at gunpoint on a freeway overpass near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was

shot by police this morning.

The standoff forced officials to close most of the freeways approaching the bridge from the east – causing a huge traffic jam during the early morning commute.

Clay Cael is being treated for gunshot wounds at Highland Hospital in Oakland. His estranged wife, Bridgette Holt, was taken to Summit Hospital for observation.

Police say Cael kidnapped Holt from a San Francisco safehouse last night. When authorities went to his apartment, they found an 85-year-old woman shot to death. They say Cael knew the woman but they weren´t related.

San Francisco police say Cael will be charged with murder and kidnapping.