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June 14, 2017

Suspect Arrested in Officer Involved Shooting Incident

On June 14, 2017, Sheriff’s Homicide detectives arrested Kenard Thomas, 38, of Sacramento on domestic violence charges which led to the officer involved shooting yesterday on 53rd Avenue in South Sacramento.

A little before 7:30 p.m. on June 13, 2017, the Sheriff’s Communication Center received a 911 call from a female who stated her ex-boyfriend was outside of her residence near Livingston Way and 53rd Avenue in South Sacramento.  She further advised deputies that she had a domestic violence restraining order against him.

Deputies responded to the victim’s residence and were advised by the victim that Thomas had left the area on foot, and that she had seen a handgun in his waistband.   Deputies had many prior contacts with the suspect in the past, and knew he frequented a vacant residence in the 5200 block of 53rd Avenue.

Deputies approached the vacant house and observed the suspect running into the residence.  Deputies began searching the residence while announcing their presence.  During the search of the residence, a deputy opened up a closet door where the suspect was hiding.  The suspect swiftly exited the closet towards the deputy.  The deputy fearing for his safety fired one shot, striking the suspect in the shoulder.  Thomas was taken into custody, and transported to a local hospital with a non-life threatening wound.

Kenard Thomas was released from the hospital yesterday after receiving medical treatment for his injury.  He was arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant, stalking, resisting arrest, and violation of a domestic violence restraining order.  The domestic violence charges stem from an incident which occurred with the same victim a few weeks prior.  Thomas was booked at the Sacramento County Main Jail, and is being held on $560,000 bail.  He is scheduled to be arraigned on June 16, 2017.

The investigation into the incident will be conducted by the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Professional Standards Division, which is standard practice for any officer-involved shooting that occurs in the Sheriff’s Department’s jurisdiction.  Independent review of the officer involved shooting will be conducted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and the Inspector General.  The officer involved in the shooting is a 5 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department. In accordance with the Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures, the deputy involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.  The deputy is assigned to field services in the Sheriff’s Department Central Division.


Sergeant Tony Turnbull

Sheriff’s Spokesman

Click for full size photo Kenard Thomas, 38

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