RANDALL BENTON / rbenton@sacbee.com

A handgun lies on a driveway as a Sacramento police investigator studies the scene where an officer shot a suspect Wednesday.

Sacramento police shoot suspect during homicide investigation

Published: Thursday, Jul. 18, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Thursday, Jul. 18, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Two Sacramento Police Department detectives shot at a man during a homicide investigation, striking him at least once Wednesday morning in southeast Sacramento.

The shooting occurred after detectives attempting to contact a suspect in a recent fatal shooting encountered the man about 10:30 a.m. in the 7100 block of Elder Creek Road, police said.

He was walking down the street with another person who was pushing a stroller with a small child inside.

When the two plainclothes detectives identified themselves as police officers and ordered the two to stop, the person pushing the stroller complied, but the suspect fled.

As the detectives caught up to the suspect and tried to subdue him, they saw that he was armed with a handgun. Fearing for their safety, they discharged their handguns at the suspect, police said.

"There were shots fired by the officers, and the suspect was struck," said Officer Doug Morse, Sacramento police spokesman.

The man was taken to an area hospital with injuries that didn't appear to be life-threatening, police said. The identity of the suspect was not released because the homicide investigation is ongoing, police said.

The other adult was detained by police for questioning, and the child in the stroller was turned over to family members, Morse said.

Jackson Fong, who lives in the neighborhood, was eating breakfast when he heard two shots, one right after the other.

"Very scary," he said.

In the 6400 block of Somis Way, about three blocks from the shooting, police taped off another residence they said was related to the investigation.

About 9 a.m., two men had walked out of the Somis Way house, one of whom was pushing a stroller, said Ethel Gillian, who lives across the street from the home. The men turned the corner onto Elder Creek Road, she said.

About two hours later, at 11 a.m., police arrived at Somis Way, went into the house with canines and taped the residence off, Gillian said.

Call The Bee's Benjamin Mullin, (916) 321-1034.

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