On March 9, 2009, at 1:47 a.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a woman who said her 22-year-old boyfriend had been kidnapped at gunpoint by two Black male adults. She also said they had left the scene in a vehicle she described as a white Toyota. One of the deputies arriving in the area of the call came upon a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle parked at the corner of Larchwood Court and Walnut Avenue; there were three male occupants in the vehicle. One of the occupants was taken out of the car by the deputy. He told the deputy he had been kidnapped and robbed by the two subjects in the car. He also told them one of them was armed with a large caliber handgun.
Additional deputies arrived at the scene of the vehicle stop. When the deputies issued commands for the suspects to come out of the vehicle both suspects fled on foot. One of the suspects was immediately taken into custody. He is an 18-year-old resident of Sacramento. The second suspect was able to escape. A perimeter was set up and a Sheriff’s K9 unit arrived to search for the suspect. At 3:20 a.m., the K9 unit located the suspect hiding in a shed in the backyard of a residence in the 5100 block of Atlanta Way.
The suspect came out of the shed, ignored the deputies’ orders to surrender and again began to flee the scene. At that time, one of the deputies having a reasonable belief the suspect had committed a violent crime involving the threat of death or great bodily injury fired his departmentally issued shotgun at the suspect to prevent his escape. The suspect, a 39-year-old resident of Sacramento was apprehended and taken to the ground by the Sheriff’s K9 a short distance away. Deputies took the suspect into custody and recovered a handgun from where the suspect had been laying on the ground. The deputies also discovered the suspect had been wounded in the shoulder and neck. Paramedics transported the suspect to a local hospital where he received treatment and is expected to survive.
The deputy involved in this shooting is 40-years-old and a 20-year veteran with the department. In accordance with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures he will be placed on paid administrative leave. The circumstances surrounding this incident will be investigated by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit, Internal Affairs Unit, and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.