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Suspect Killed in Shootout With Police After Wounding Two Officers

Sacramento Police Department / Twitter

Sacramento Police Department / Twitter

UPDATE 5:34 P.M.: Two Sacramento police officers are recovering from non-life threatening bullet wounds after a shootout with a murder suspect Thursday morning.

The incident began when police received an alert about a truck wanted in connection with the murders of two women last Friday in South Sacramento.

Officers eventually caught up to the vehicle at Franklin Boulevard and 27th Avenue.

He has not been identified. The officers were taken to the hospital for treatment. One was shot in his bullet proof vest.

The shooting occurred during a funeral for Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy Bob French, who was killed in a shootout with a suspect last week. Many Sacramento police officers were attending that event and left when the police shooting call went out.

According to the police department, once they pulled the vehicle over, and once back-up arrived, then they engaged the suspect, who originally threw out his keys, but officers say when the suspect got out of the vehicle he then began shooting. He hit the two officers. Five officers returned fire and killed the suspect.  

UPDATE 4:00 P.M.: A shootout between a murder suspect and Sacramento Police officers ended this morning with the suspect dead and two officers in a hospital.

The department says a police camera at Watt and I-80 alerted dispatch at about 10:40 to a truck wanted in connection with the murders of two women last Friday in South Sacramento.

Officers spotted the truck on Fruitridge a short time later and followed it to 27th Avenue, between Franklin and 34th Street.

Sac PD Sergeant Bryce Heinlein says officers waited for backup to arrive before pulling the driver over.

"Initially, the suspect was compliant and threw his keys outside the vehicle and within moments, he exited the driver's side of the vehicle and began shooting at our officers. Two of our officers have been struck by gunfire," Heinlein said.

Five officers fired their service weapons. The suspect died at the scene. He has not been identified.

The injuries to the officers were not released. One of the bullets from the suspect's gun hit one of the officer's bulletproof vest.


UPDATE 12:29 P.M.:  A suspect who shot two Sacramento Police Department officers Thursday is dead after being shot by police. The incident happened after a traffic stop in relation to a Friday double homicde.

Police were searching for a car connected to the homicide. A SPD camera equipped with a license plate reader spotted the car Thursday morning and alerted law enforcement.

Police found the car around 10:40 a.m. at Fruitridge Road and 65th Avenue and followed the suspect to the 3300 block of 27th Ave.

According to officers, the suspect originally complied with orders from police, but started firing at officers after leaving the vehicle. Bullets from his gun hit two officers. Both are at UC Davis Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Five police officers returned fire and killed the suspect. Police have not released his name, or the names of the two officers who were shot.

Police said traffic will be shut down on Franklin Blvd near 27th Avenue for the remainder of the day. 

Original Post: 11:00 A.M..

Two officers were shot in south Sacramento and sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to Sacramento police.

The shooting took place in the 3300 block of 27th Ave., near the Sacramento Police Department South Command Center. A suspect is down.

This story will be updated as more information is available.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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