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Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Investigating Deputy Involved Shooting

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The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is investigating a shooting over the weekend that involved one of its deputies.

Sergeant Tony Turnbull says the deputy pulled over a car early Saturday in Fair Oaks.

"He observed a male running in the roadway and behind the male was a Mercedes," says Turnball.

The officer reported the driver, Brittney Nicholls got out of the car, provided a license and registration, but then jumped back into the driver's seat of the car.

"The officer went into the car to detain Ms. Nichols when she put the car in drive and hit the accelerator," says Turnball. "During that time, the officer unholstered his firearm, disengaged from the car and discharged his firearm at the suspect."

No one in the car was hit. The officer reported an injury to his shoulder.

Turnbull says the deputy did not see any guns in the car at the time of the stop.

Sacramento Sheriffs Department policy says,"... officers shall use only that force which is reasonable, given the facts and circumstances perceived by the officer at the time..."

Turnbull says Nicholls left her paperwork -with her address- at the scene. She was arrested at her home, where several firearms were found. She is a convicted felon and is not allowed to possess the firearms.


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