On January 24, 2009, at 6:32 a.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a 40-year-old woman who lived in the 7200 block of Gail Way. She told the Sheriff’s Department’s 9-1-1 call taker her 32-year-old ex-boyfriend was at her house in violation of a restraining order she had against him. The woman also said her boyfriend was armed with a fireplace poker and a knife.
Two deputies arrived and walked toward the residence on foot. As they approached the front yard of the house they were confronted by the suspect, who was still armed with a knife. The suspect ignored the deputies’ verbal commands to drop the knife and aggressively advanced toward them in a threatening manner. At that time the deputies, fearing their lives were in imminent danger of death or great bodily injury, fired their department issued semi-automatic handguns striking the suspect multiple times. The deputies immediately called for medical assistance and performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation on the suspect. Paramedics arrived a short time later and pronounced the suspect dead at the scene.
In accordance with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures the two deputies involved in this incident, a 42-year-old Sergeant who’s a nineteen-year department veteran, and a 41-year-old deputy who’s a five and a half year department veteran, will be placed on paid administrative leave. The circumstances surrounding this incident will be investigated by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department Homicide Unit, Internal Affairs Unit, and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.