A suspect is in custody after allegedly assaulting a SMUD employee in Elk Grove before stealing his utility truck and leading police on a high-speed pursuit. In this incident, at least one officer reportedly fired shots at the suspect. Officials say the assault on the SMUD worker began in Elk Grove near the intersection of Waterman and Grantline Roads. Authorities say the suspect stole the utility workers vehicle after the attack, fleeing as law enforcement officials pursued. First responders included both the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office and Elk Grove Police Department. Law enforcement officials say the suspect, who they identify as a 35-year old Caucasian male, will be booked into Sacramento County main jail. He will face charges of carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, felony evasion, a probation violation, among other crimes.
Officials have yet to release his name and photo but say the intend to when his identity is confirmed. Sheriff’s Spokesman Sergeant Shaun Hampton made a statement Saturday. “The initial carjacking which spawned this response, occurred in an area in close proximity to the border of the City of Elk Grove but within the County of Sacramento. The officer involved shooting incident occurred within the county of Sacramento, therefore this investigation will be handled by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.” The statement by the Sheriff’s department also says during the chase the suspect “charged officers head-on with his vehicle, drove off-road through rural properties while breaking through fences and steel gates.”
Officials say the officer involved in the shooting has been with Elk Grove Police Department for 19 years. In addition, the officer will now be placed on administrative leave as is the case for all officer-involved shootings. An investigation into the shooting is currently underway. There were no civilian or law enforcement injuries during the shooting. Authorities took the suspect to a local hospital for evaluation before taking him to the Sacramento County main jail. There were likewise no injuries to the public or law enforcement during the chase, according to the statement released by the Sacramento County Sheriff Department. However, the SMUD worker reportedly sustained minor injuries but is expected to fully recover.
Authorities have yet to release video footage of the incident.
Read Sacramento County Sheriff Department’s statement here: https://www.sacsheriff.com/Media/Release.aspx?id=1921