A little after 6:45 p.m. on May 8, 2017, the Sheriff’s Communication Center received a 911 call regarding an assault that was occurring in the 10800 block of Olson Drive in Rancho Cordova. The caller stated the suspect was hitting and choking a female inside her vehicle, and attempting to pull her out of the vehicle.
A Rancho Cordova Police Officer responded and contacted the 32-year-old male suspect. The suspect walked away from the officer after repeated directives. The suspect began to physically fight with the officer when the officer attempted to detain him. The altercation continued across Olson Drive, and into a parking lot of a motel. During the struggle, the officer fell into a bed of river rock. The suspect picked up a river rock and struck the officer over the head, causing injury. The officer drew his firearm and fired at the suspect.
The suspect fled south towards Highway 50. He was located on the north side of the westbound lanes of Highway 50 by a Sheriff’s K9 Unit and a second patrol deputy. The K9 was deployed at the suspect. The suspect struck the K9 with a large rock, and then attempted to strike the deputies. Both deputies fired at the suspect. The suspect was struck by the gunfire. The suspect went to the ground and deputies detained him. They immediately began life saving measures on the suspect. Sacramento Metro Fire responded and transported the suspect to a local hospital. The suspect later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
The Rancho Cordova Police officer was transported to a local hospital with head trauma, where he will be treated for his injuries. The K9 dog was transported to a veterinarian to be treated for wounds incurred during the assault by the suspect.
The identity of the suspect in this case will be made available by the Sacramento County Coroner’s office, after notification has been made to his next of kin.
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 Department’s jurisdiction. Independent review of the officer involved shooting will be conducted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and the Inspector General. The officers involved in the shooting are 12 year, 11 year, and 9 year veterans of the Sheriff’s Department. In accordance with the Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures, the officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation. One officer is assigned to the Rancho Cordova Police Department and the other two are assigned to patrol.
Sergeant Tony Turnbull
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department/
Rancho Cordova Police Department