On December 19, 2017, at 4:43 p.m. the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Communication Center received a call from the 9600 block of Micron Avenue in east Sacramento County. The caller indicated there was a male at the location who appeared to be intoxicated and had been driving a box type cargo truck. The caller described the suspect as a white male in his 20’s, and further related he was slurring his speech and unsteady on his feet.
A short time after receiving the call, a Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on the scene, in the parking lot of a local fast food restaurant. Upon arrival, the deputy contacted the male and a struggle ensued. The struggle continued, and upon further investigation it was determined the suspect held onto the deputy’s arm and would not let go. The Suspect began driving the vehicle while holding the deputy’s arm and fearing for his safety the deputy fired his weapon, striking the suspect.
The suspect released his grasp from the deputy then drove away in the box truck and traveled eastbound on Micron Avenue toward Bradshaw Road. The suspect’s vehicle became stopped in traffic and was blocked in by Sheriff’s Department vehicles. Sheriff’s Deputies again attempted to detain the suspect and found he had sustained gunshot wounds. Deputies immediately began life-saving measures, rendering first-aid and applying a tourniquet to the area above one of the suspect’s injuries.
The suspect, identified as a 22-year-old Sacramento man, was transported to an area hospital and he is expected to survive.
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. An independent review of the incident will be conducted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and the Inspector General. The deputy involved in the shooting is a 19 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department. In accordance with the Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures, the deputy involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.
Sergeant Shaun Hampton