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Teenager Dies Following Officer Involved Shooting

Randol White | Capital Public Radio 

An autopsy will be performed in the coming days on a teenager who was shot by a Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy on Thanksgiving.

A sheriff’s spokesman said Thursday night that a 911 call came into the Sheriff’s Communications Center just before 2:00 p.m. from the teen, who was at a 7-11 store in Carmichael. The teen said he was angry about several national issues and was mad at cops.

“The suspect stated he wanted to talk to cops, but that they should dispatch a really big cop,” said Sheriff’s Spokesman Tony Turnbull. “The suspect further advised the call taker that he was armed with a knife.”

When deputies arrived, the teenager also said he had a gun. According to deputies, he started stabbing himself in the throat.

At that point, officers fired a rubber bullet in order to incapacitate and disarm him, but he became further agitated. 

“An officer, fearing for his safety and safety of the other officers discharged his firearm once toward the suspect,” said Turnbull. “After a short period of time, the suspect went to the ground.” 

Turnbull said autopsy findings are not expected anytime soon.