SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputies say they were forced to shoot and kill a man following a high speed chase in Carmichael late Saturday night.
Deputies say they observed a vehicle driving erratically in the area of El Camino Avenue and Walnut Avenue around 11:00 p.m. Investigators say when they tried to pull the vehicle over, the driver fled for about five minutes reaching speeds up to 60 m.p.h in residential areas.
Deputies say the suspect turned onto Horton Lane south of Sutter Avenue where the roadway turned into a dead end. Investigators say when they began giving the driver commands to exit his vehicle he put the car into reverse and began accelerating towards deputies. Fearing for their lives, deputies say, they began shooting at the suspect. The suspect sustained gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene after life saving measures were unsuccessful.
The deputy involved in the shooting is a 12 year veterans of the Sheriff’s Department. In accordance with the Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures, the deputy involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.
The identity of the suspect in this case will be made available by the Sacramento County Coroner’s office, after notification has been made to his next of kin.
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 Department’s jurisdiction.