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Officer-Involved Shooting Reported In South Sacramento

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The neighborhood where the incident occurred on Tuesday morning.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

1:00 p.m. UPDATE: A report of a stolen vehicle in Elk Grove led to an motorcycle officer firing on a suspect after being hit by a stolen car, according to a statement from the Sacramento Sheriff's Spokesman Sergeant Tony Turnbull.

Elk Grove Police Department received a call from a man reporting his car stolen from his driveway around 7:15 a.m. An Elk Grove motor officer found the suspect, Lance Bernaix, 23, of Sacramento and stolen vehicle around Garnet Peak Way in South Sacramento. Bernaix pulled into a dead end and the officer tried to conducted an enforcement stop.

The officer was directly behind Bernaix when the suspect allegedly put the vehicle in reverse and accelerated into the police officer on his motorcycle. That’s when the officer fired his gun at Bernaix, injuring him.

Bernaix was taken into custody, given first aid and transferred to a local hospital where he is in critical but stable condition.

Sacramento Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau is conducting the investigation, as the incident occurred within the county’s jurisdiction.

The officer involved will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation, in accordance with the Elk Grove Police Department's policies and procedures. The officer is a 14 -year veteran of the Elk Grove Police Department and sustained injuries during the incident but does not require medical attention at this time.

ORIGINAL: The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department says an officer-involved shooting investigation is underway Tuesday in the area of Sandstone Sea Way in South Sacramento.

An Elk Grove Police officer is involved and OK. The condition of the suspect is unknown. The Sheriff’s Department says it will be the investigating agency because the shooting happened in its jurisdiction.


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