Two Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies fired on a speeding car in Antelope early Saturday, potentially foiling the attempted kidnapping of a man who was injured in the incident, authorities said.
The incident began at 12:30 a.m. Saturday when an Antelope resident in the 4100 block of Strathmore Way called 911 to report suspicious activities. The caller reported hearing a loud noise outside and described seeing two suspicious-looking boxes in the street.
When two patrol deputies arrived a short time later and began approaching the home, they saw a vehicle suddenly accelerate and steer toward them at a high speed, according to a sheriff’s news release. Fearing for their safety, both deputies drew their weapons and fired at the vehicle.
The car then crashed into a fence a short distance away. Several occupants of the vehicle fled on foot, leaving one person inside the disabled car.
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Further investigation determined that this person, described only as an adult male, was the victim of numerous crimes including robbery, carjacking and kidnapping, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Those crimes allegedly were carried out just prior to the deputies’ arrival by those who fled the crashed car.
The victim of the incident received minor, unspecified injuries that occurred during the robbery before the carjacking and kidnapping, said Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman. The department doesn’t release the names of victims of violent crimes, she said.
The kidnappers were not in custody and not identified as of Saturday evening. It is unknown whether they were injured.
The incident remains under investigation. A probe of the officer-involved shooting will be carried out by the sheriff’s homicide bureau and professional standards division, which is standard practice in such incidents.
The two deputies involved in the shooting are being placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Their names have not been released. One is described as a 10-year veteran of the department, while the other is an 11-year veteran.
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