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February 2, 2016
OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING
At 6:45 p.m. on February 2, 2016, the Sheriff’s Communication Center received a call from loss prevention officers of Walmart in the 10600 block of Folsom Boulevard in Rancho Cordova. The caller advised there was a white male adult suspect within the store who was cutting the tags off of merchandise with a pocket knife. Rancho Cordova Police officers arrived on scene and were advised by the loss prevention officers the suspect had pulled a knife when they attempted to detain him for the theft of merchandise. They further advised the suspect put the knife to his own throat and threatened to kill himself if they attempted to arrest him.
Rancho Cordova Police officers contacted the suspect still armed with the knife near the Safeway. Officers directed the suspect to drop the knife. The suspect was erratic and non-compliant with the officers’ directives. Officers discharged a taser at the suspect which had no effect. The suspect continued his non-compliance with officers repeated directives and a second taser was discharged. Still there was no effect on the suspect. As the confrontation continued, one of the officers fearing for his safety fired at the suspect. The suspect was detained and officers began life saving measures. Sacramento Metro Fire responded and transported the suspect to the hospital. The suspect later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital and was pronounced deceased.
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. The two sergeants involved in the shooting are 17 year and 19 year veterans of the Sheriff’s Department. In accordance with the Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures, the sergeant involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation. Both sergeants are currently assigned to the Rancho Cordova Police Department.