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10/18/22

Deputy Involved Shooting Investigation on 41st Street

The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Sheriff’s Office's understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed.

On October 18, 2022, at 10:10 A.M., the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a call from an adult female residing in the 3900 block of 41st Street who stated her father just assaulted his girlfriend and threatened the caller, her boyfriend, and her 3-year-old child—also his grandchild—with a shotgun after accusing her of calling 9-1-1.  They all three were able to escape the residence leaving her dad and dad’s girlfriend inside. 

Deputies were dispatched to the call at 10:11 A.M.  While en route, a deputy contacted the reporting party via telephone to gather more information.  The reporting party advised that after returning home from taking her older child to school, she was awakened by arguing between her father and his girlfriend.  His girlfriend was crying loudly so she thought her dad hit her.  She stated that her dad was likely intoxicated and under the influence of methamphetamines.

Upon arrival, deputies staged nearby the dispatched location and requested our dispatch center conduct a criminal history search on the subject.  Deputies learned he was prohibited from carrying a firearm, he had no mental health history and there had been no calls for service at the address within the past year.   

Deputies contacted the subject’s girlfriend via telephone.  She confirmed that the subject was with her inside the residence armed with a shotgun and would not allow her to leave.  Deputies could hear the subject in the background yelling and demanding cigarettes.  The Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail and Critical Incident Negotiations Team were requested and arrived a short time later.  They set up in front of the residence and began evacuating adjacent apartments.  The reporting party related that she was on the phone with her father and he was threatening to shoot his girlfriend.  At that time, the negotiators used her phone to continue communications with the subject.  The subject was very agitated and threatened to kill his girlfriend several times.  He indicated that he would shoot his girlfriend in five minutes and then in three minutes if officers didn’t send an unidentified male into the residence.  At one point, the subject told officers that he could see them and could kill them at any time.  He insisted that he planned on “shooting it out” with law enforcement.  A short time later, the subject opened the door and stepped out of his residence holding a shotgun in his right hand and his girlfriend hostage in his left hand.  Fearing for the victim’s safety, two officers fired their duty weapons striking the suspect causing him to fall to the ground.  Officers rescued the victim and brought her to safety and immediately rendered medical aid to the suspect.  The suspect was later pronounced deceased at the scene.     

The two officers are 7-year veterans of the Sheriff’s Office and members of the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail.  The deceased subject is a 55-year-old male from Sacramento County with an extensive criminal history.  There is no further information at this time.  No deputies or civilians sustained any injuries as a result of this incident. 

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 Office’s jurisdiction.  Independent review of the officer-involved shooting will be conducted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and the Inspector General.  In accordance with the Sheriff’s Office’s policies and procedures, the deputy involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.  As is the case with all officer-involved shootings (The last OIS was September 28, 2022), The Sheriff’s Office will publish a community briefing video that will include additional information, 9-1-1 call audio, and body camera video in accordance with state law. 

Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident, to please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (916) 874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP. Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

 

 

Sergeant Kionna Rowe

Acting Sheriff’s Spokesperson

 

 

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