GRANITE BAY (CBS13) — One man is dead after a Placer County Sheriff’s deputy opened fire at the man outside of a drug store in Granite Bay.

There are still plenty of unanswered questions. But we know the deputy stopped for a bottle of water at the am/pm at Douglas Boulevard and Sierra College Drive at about 10:30 Monday night. The deputy says he heard loud music coming from a car parked behind the Walgreens next door.

Deputies say the store was closed, but employees were still inside.

The deputy thought the circumstances were suspicious and decided to check it out. Investigators say that as the deputy made contact with the man, Robert Sean Clifford, 33, inside the car, he noticed a gun sitting within Clifford’s reach on the passenger side.

The deputy called for backup, and as he waited for more officers to arrive, Clifford allegedly reached for his weapon, forcing the deputy to shoot, hitting him multiple times.

CPR was performed on Clifford and he was taken to the Sutter Roseville Medical Center where he later died.

The big question for detectives: what was Clifford doing in the parking lot, and why he have a gun?

The deputy is a 16-year veteran and is now on paid administrative leave, which is standard in these types of situations.

Comments (7)
  1. Beth says:

    No, the big question is why did the deputy shoot someone who had a gun? It’s not assumed to be illegal for someone to have a gun, or even carry it out in the open. If the guy in the car grabbed it and waved it at the officer or others, then I can see the officer taking action. I guess we’ll have to wait and get the deputy’s story.

  2. AP says:

    Into this house we’re born
    Into this world we’re thrown
    Like a dog without a bone
    An actor out alone
    Riders on the storm

    RIP, Bobby.

  3. Darrell says:

    Beth, legal or not why would you reach for a gun ? The Deputy gives an order not to touch the weapon or to put his hands up. If that person disobeys that order regardless or not if that person is lawfully allowed to have the weapon and reaches for it the Deputy isn’t about to wait around to get shot to figure out whether or not the guy intended to kill him or just felt it was a good time to touch a deadly weapon during a consensual contact or detention… Lets use some common sense now.

  4. isitacoverup says:

    What ever happened regarding the Placer County Deputy that shot the unarmed shoplifter in the back after the chase a couple weeks ago???? The story just disappeared…….. Channel 13 should investigate the result of that case???

  5. penguin676 says:

    As a Walgreens employee (at another store) I congratulate the deputy for placing his life on the line to investigate a suspicious vehicle. Walgreens closes at 10:00pm, but the employees don’t leave until around 11:00pm. This happened at around 10:30pm.

    More than likely the guy was waiting for the employees to leave the store. I don’t even want to think about what would have happened at that point. It’s possible we could have had 5 or 6 dead Walgreens employees.

    1. Hank Hill says:

      Or it’s possible he would’ve shot himself. This man was not a criminal and was minding his own business.

  6. Rick says:

    Congratulations! You are officially the most ignorant person ever to comment on a news story.

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