Sacramento Police Officer Fatally Shoots a Person Who Allegedly Pointed Gun at Group of People

Wire Service
By Wire Service
November 16, 2020US News
Sacramento Police Officer Fatally Shoots a Person Who Allegedly Pointed Gun at Group of People
Sacramento Police said this firearm was recovered near the suspect on Nov. 14, 2020. (Courtesy of Sacramento Police Department)

A Sacramento police patrol sergeant shot and killed an armed suspect inside a warehouse Saturday night after the suspect allegedly pointed a gun at a crowd of people, police said in a news release.

Police responded to Juliesse Avenue in California’s state capital around 6:30 p.m. after receiving reports of vehicles being driven recklessly in the area, the release said. When the officers arrived, they found a large group gathered in a warehouse for a boxing event.

At around 8 p.m., a patrol sergeant, who had stayed in the area, saw people running from the building, police said. One person told the sergeant that someone had a gun, and multiple gunshots were then heard, police said.

The sergeant ran toward the sound of the shots and confronted an armed suspect who was allegedly pointing a firearm toward a crowd of people inside the building. The sergeant then fatally shot the person, police said.

The suspect was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died at the hospital, according to police.

Police said they found a second gunshot victim while they were canvassing the scene. That victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and police are still investigating how and when the victim was shot.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s office will release the name of the person that was killed, pending next of kin notification.

The Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide Unit and Internal Affairs Division is investigating the incident with oversight from the Office of Public Safety Accountability and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. Video associated with the incident is being gathered by detectives and will be released to the public within 30 days, according to police.

The incident is the second Sacramento police shooting this year, according to department records. On April 11, Sacramento police officers shot an attempted homicide suspect who opened fire at police, and the department released body-camera and in-vehicle videos of the shooting about 10 days later.

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