Police say an officer-involved shooting Thursday evening in downtown Sacramento occurred after a woman driving in the area sought officers’ help when she felt threatened by her 28-year-old son, who was a passenger in her vehicle.
Sacramento police and fire personnel were in the 900 block of I Street about 6:13 p.m. investigating an unrelated report of two people fighting in Cesar Chavez Plaza. As officers were preparing to leave the area, a vehicle occupied by the mother and her son arrived, according to a Police Department news release. Officers were near the south side of I Street, between Ninth and 10th streets, when the driver of the car walked up and requested police assistance.
Police said the woman’s son also got out of the vehicle and approached officers near the north side of the plaza. A bicycle officer and patrol supervisor initially contacted the man, who produced a knife and threatened officers, police said. The man refused to comply with an officer’s commands to drop the weapon as he advanced toward the officer with the knife, police said. Fearing for his safety and that of other officers, the officer fired his duty weapon at the suspect, striking him several times, police said.
Medical personnel already were at the scene because of the previous call and quickly rendered aid. The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, according to police.
Homicide detectives, internal affairs and crime scene investigation units are investigating the incident in conjunction with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and the City Office of Public Safety Accountability. In keeping with department policy, the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave.