A man suspected of shoplifting has died after a Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy shot him during a confrontation Tuesday.
According to the Sacramento Sheriff's Office, which is conducting the investigation, officers received a call from loss prevention officers from a Walmart in Rancho Cordova at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. The officers told deputies that a white male adult suspect was cutting tags off merchandise with a pocket knife.
Deputies assigned to the Rancho Cordova Police Department arrived at the scene and engaged with the suspect, who reportedly put the knife to his own throat and threatened to kill himself.
Officers tried repeatedly to take the suspect into custody and directed him to drop the knife. According to officials, the suspect was erratic and non-compliant. Deputies discharged a taser twice, but it had no effect on the suspect. One deputy fired his weapon.
The suspect was transported to an area hospital and was later pronounced dead.
The identity of the suspect has not been released. An investigation into the incident is underway. The two sergeants involved in the shooting are both veterans of the Sheriff's office, both with nearly two decades of experience.
-Capital Public Radio Staff