THIS IS A DIRECT POST FROM THE SACRAMENTO POLICE DEPARTMENT MEDIA RELEASE
Below is a summary of the events known to us at this time. The investigation into this incident is in the preliminary stages and details may change as information becomes available.
On March 23, 2021 at approximately 11:56 p.m., Sacramento Police Department patrol officers responded to the 5900 block of Tangerine Avenue after a member of the community called police dispatch to report sounds of gunshots in the neighborhood. An officer arrived on scene, in a marked patrol vehicle and in full police uniform, and contacted an adult male suspect who was armed with a firearm. This contact resulted in an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the SPD officer. The officer and the suspect were injured during this exchange, and the suspect fell to the ground within reach of his firearm.
Additional officers arrived and began communicating with the suspect to affect a peaceful surrender. During these communications the suspect attempted to reach for his firearm on multiple occasions. Crisis Negotiators and the SWAT team then arrived on scene and continued to negotiate with the suspect for a safe surrender. Unmanned Aerial Systems equipment (UAS) and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robot were also used to monitor, communicate with, and ultimately disarm the suspect. The EOD robot was able to move the firearm out of the suspect’s reach and SWAT officers were then able to make a safe approach and take the suspect into custody.
Shortly after, Sacramento Fire Department personnel transported the suspect to a local hospital, where he is currently receiving medical treatment for his injuries and is listed in stable condition. The suspect’s firearm was recovered from the scene and is pictured below.
The officer was also transported to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition.
This incident is being investigated by the Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide Unit and Internal Affairs Division. The Office of Public Safety Accountability and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office are providing oversight by monitoring the investigation.
This incident falls under the City Council’s policy on Police Use of Force as well as SB 1421. As a result, the video and audio associated with this incident will be released to the public within 30 days. Detectives are in the process of identifying and retrieving video associated with this incident.
There are no further details to release at this time. As the investigation progresses updates will be provided.
The Sacramento Police Department encourages any witnesses with information regarding this incident to contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP (4357). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000. Anonymous tips can also be submitted using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app.
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