On Thursday, November 4, 2021, at approximately 3:27 p.m., two deputies were in their marked sheriff’s patrol vehicle traveling southbound on Watt Avenue near Elkhorn Boulevard. As they drove past an adult male walking northbound on Watt Avenue, the subject threw a hard object at the patrol vehicle windshield. The deputies stopped the vehicle, exited and contacted the subject on the shoulder of the roadway. A physical altercation began which led to both deputies and the subject fighting on the ground. As they struggled on the ground, the patrol vehicle began slowly rolling backwards towards them. One deputy was able to get off the ground and get inside the vehicle to stop it just as it collided with the other deputy, who turned in an attempt to hold it back as the suspect lay on the ground.
The vehicle collided with the deputy and suspect. Both the deputy and suspect were medically evaluated at a local area hospital. Both sustained superficial abrasions to their extremities. Neither had any broken bones or internal injuries. Multiple witnesses on scene gave statements. CSI photographed the scene and collected evidence. No other community members or sheriff’s personnel were injured.
The suspect was medically cleared for incarceration and transported to the Sacramento County Main Jail on fresh felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from the initial contact as well as a previous suspended parole hold for an attempted homicide in 2015.
The California Highway Patrol, which has jurisdiction on county roads, collected evidence and is investigating the collision. In addition, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a vehicle accident investigation as is policy for all collisions. Internal Affairs (IA) will investigate the circumstances and conditions by which the vehicle was rolling unoccupied.
Sergeant Rod Grassmann