At 8:50 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, 2008, Rancho Cordova Police responded to a report of domestic disturbance on 3300 block of Mather Field Drive, Rancho Cordova. The Sheriff’s Communications received a call reporting two people sitting in a vehicle having in an argument that appeared to be escalating.
A Rancho Cordova Police officer arrived at the scene and began talking to the two subjects in the vehicle associated with the complaint. While the officer was speaking with the subjects, the passenger, a black male, exited the car displayed a handgun and fired several rounds at the officer.
The officer was able to retreat to a position of cover and return fire, striking the subject. Immediately recognizing the subject was injured, the officer requested emergency medical aid. Sacramento Metro Fire personnel responded and pronounced the subject deceased at the scene. The identity of the decedent will be released by the Sacramento County Corners office after notification to family has been made.
The Rancho Cordova Police officer involved in the shooting is ten year veteran of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department. As standard practice and in accordance with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s policies and procedures, the officer involved in this incident will be placed on paid administrative leave. The circumstances surrounding this incident will be investigated by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department's Homicide Unit, Internal Affairs, and Sacramento County's District Attorney's Office.
UPDATE- During the exchange of gunfire with the suspect, the Rancho Cordova Police officer was shot one time in the side. Fortunately, the officer’s ballistic vest preformed the way it was designed, preventing the bullet from causing physical damage to her person. At this point, the officer, clearly fighting for her life, used deadly force to stop the suspect’s aggression towards her and the immediate threat to the community.