DETAILS FROM THE SACRAMENTO POLICE DEPARTMENT
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 July 2, 2022, shortly before 12:15 a.m., Sacramento Police Department patrol officers responded to a residence in the 5600 block of Gilgunn Way for a report of an individual threatening to kill his wife, who was also on scene. Additional information revealed the individual was armed with a knife, and the wife had locked herself inside a bathroom in the residence.
When officers arrived on the scene, they contacted the individual, a 75-year-old male who was observed to be armed with two knives. Officers communicated with the individual for over 10 minutes and utilized verbal de-escalation techniques in an attempt to disarm him. Eventually, the individual, who remained armed, moved inside the bathroom and assaulted his wife. The victim was heard screaming as officers entered the residence. Officers confronted the individual and one officer fired their duty weapon.
Officers rendered medical aid until the suspect was transported to a hospital for treatment, where he was pronounced deceased. The victim was not injured, and no officers were injured during this incident.
This incident is being investigated by the Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide Unit, Internal Affairs Division, and Professional Standards Unit. A response and investigation into the incident will also be conducted by the Force Investigation Team. The investigation will focus on policy, tactics, and training as it relates to the use of force. The Office of Public Safety Accountability and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Officers 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.
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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