A little before 8:15 p.m. on January 15, 2021, members of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) were conducting a follow-up investigation regarding a possible gang-related shooting in the southern region of Sacramento County.  During the investigation, evidence gathered led detectives to a location in Carmichael near Ranger Way and Rampart Drive.

Detectives located a vehicle connected to the investigation, occupied by at least two subjects.  Gang Detectives attempted to contact the occupants of the vehicle.  At some point during the contact, multiple shots were fired striking one detective and the suspect.  Fire personnel responded; however, upon arrival, they pronounced the suspect deceased at the scene.  The wounded detective was transported from the scene to an area hospital for treatment.

Multiple regional agencies assisted and established a perimeter of the surrounding area.  Neighboring residents were advised to stay inside.  After several hours of searching, the tactical teams were unable to locate any additional subjects involved in the incident.

Homicide detectives and Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene and began interviewing witnesses and processing evidence.  This investigation is still in its early stages and information is still developing.

The wounded detective remains hospitalized in serious, but stable condition and is expected to survive.  The detective is 47 years old and a 15-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office.  The detective has held several assignments within the Sheriff’s Office including his current assignment in the Gang Suppression Unit.

The other occupant of the vehicle during the time of the incident was arrested and later booked at Sacramento County Main Jail on felony charges unrelated to this incident.

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 Office’s jurisdiction.  Independent review of the officer-involved shooting will be conducted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and the Inspector General.  In accordance with the Sheriff’s Office’s policies and procedures, the other detective involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.

Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident, to please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (916) 874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP. Tip information may also be left anonymously at or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

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