Both people shot and killed by officers in separate incidents have been identified Monday by the Sacramento County Coroner’s office.
The first incident occurred shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday Sacramento County deputies fired on Ryan Matthew Shannon, 41, of Antelope who pointed a handgun at them while walking on an Antelope Street, authorities said.
About 10 hours later, Citrus Heights police officers shot and killed Gabriella Monique Nevarez, 22, of Citrus Heights, at noon after she led Citrus Heights police on a chase and rammed two police cars, police said.
Citrus Heights police spokesman Bryan Fritsch said officers had pulled over a suspected stolen vehicle at about 11:30 a.m. on the 7000 block of Madison Avenue. The female occupant rammed one police vehicle and then drove away, leading to a pursuit at up to 70 mph.
She subsequently rammed a second police vehicle on the 7500 block of Sunset Avenue just east of San Juan Avenue. At that point, “Our officers felt their life was in imminent danger and fired on her,” Fritsch said.
Two officers were involved in the shooting. Nevarez was pronounced dead at the scene. Police, responding to a stolen vehicle report, tracked the car she was driving through a theft detection service.
Louie Esquivel, who said Nevarez was his cousin, said she was the mother of a 3-year-old son. “It’s all a shock,” he said. “She was a cool person.”
In the earlier encounter in Antelope, two deputies shot Shannon who was armed with the assault rifle and handgun. Shannon was pronounced dead at Mercy San Juan Hospital.
“We do not know what his motive or what his intentions were,” said Sgt. Lisa Bowman, spokeswoman for Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. “It’s really bizarre.”
The deputies had responded at 2:15 a.m to multiple calls of shots fired in the area of 4000 Antelope Road. As they were en route to the scene, more calls came in reporting that a man armed with a gun was walking in the area of North Loop Boulevard, not far from Antelope Road.
After the deputies arrived and began searching the area, they found Shannon carrying an assault rifle walking on Don Julio Boulevard, just north of Antelope Road, Bowman said.
The deputies confronted Shannon, and ordered him to drop the weapon, but he refused. Instead, he pulled out the handgun and pointed it at the officers. At that point, the deputies shot him. It was not known how many times Shannon was shot. No deputies or civilians were hurt in the incident.
The deputies involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation – a standard procedure in such cases. They were not identified Sunday, but Bowman said one is a 13-year veteran and the other a 9-year veteran with the department. Both are currently assigned to field and investigative services.
The shooting took place on the road, near empty fields. However, several businesses, including a Kohl’s store, are just south of the intersection of Don Julio Boulevard and Antelope Road, and a residential neighborhood is not far away. The roads were closed for the investigation for at least six hours Sunday.
The shooting is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Department’s homicide bureau and professional standards division.
The Sheriff’s Department is also investigating the later shooting by Citrus Heights officers because it happened in an unincorporated area of the county.
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