A 56-year-old man wielding a large pitchfork was fatally shot after charging at a sheriff’s deputy Thursday morning in North Highlands, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department reports.
The department was called to the 5300 block of President Avenue after a neighbor reported a man acting irrationally at 9:54 a.m., said Sgt. Shaun Hampton, department spokesman. Multiple deputies arrived about 10:15 a.m. to conduct a welfare check and noticed a man holding an edged weapon, he said.
The man went back into a home on the street, where authorities thought he lived, and returned holding a large pitchfork.
“He then charged at the officer,” Hampton said. “The officer told him multiple times to stop and he did not.”
Authorities believe the deputy, a 14-year veteran of the department, fired his weapon, striking the man. He will be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting, Hampton said.
Deputies at the scene applied gauze to the man’s injuries, started CPR and he was declared dead shortly after by fire personnel, he said.
Yakiv Pshehorlinskyy, 20, said he and his family were leaving their home on Senate Avenue when he heard police sirens coming toward them about 10:15 a.m. Officers were yelling at each other and pointing at different directions as they began closing off the street.
“It was pretty intense here, so we just went inside,” he said.
Pshehorlinskyy, who has lived on the street for about 12 years, said his family always keeps a security camera running outside of the home.
Martin Torres, 20, lives in the 5300 block of President Avenue and said he thinks the man shot was his neighbor. Torres said he woke up Thursday morning to the sound of sirens and saw three police vehicles outside his home.
“I came outside before the tape was even up,” he said. “The cops were over his body in the street.”
Torres described the man shot as an older man with gray hair who was thin. He also saw a pitchfork that he said was about 2 to 3 feet long lying on the street.
Several blocks near President and Senate Avenues are blocked off to the the public with yellow police tape. Hampton said the streets near the shooting site will likely be closed for several hours.