A man involved in a tense two-hour standoff with law enforcement officers in south Sacramento on Thursday night has been identified by the California Highway Patrol as Kori Thomas, 36, of Sacramento.
As of late Friday afternoon, Thomas remained hospitalized for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries sustained as he was taken into custody, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Michael Bradley.
“CHP officers and responding agencies that assisted used great judgment and patience,” Bradley said. “Officers used extreme caution and restraint in not having to fire any rounds to take him into custody.”
Bradley said the incident started at about 9 p.m. Thursday, when a CHP officer tried to stop a vehicle for a minor traffic violation in the south area. The driver, later identified as Thomas, failed to pull over despite lights and sirens on patrol vehicles during a 20-minute pursuit.
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Thomas exited Highway 99 at Fruitridge Road where officers flattened the vehicle’s tires with a spike strip on the roadway. The car then came to a stop at Fruitridge Road and Bonniemae Way.
Thomas holed up in his car and during the next two hours smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol while putting the barrel of his weapon to his head.
At times he exited the car, still armed with the handgun, Bradley said. CHP and Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies monitored the situation.
Thomas’ family members eventually arrived at the scene. At about 11:20 p.m., he exited the car and tossed the gun onto its roof.
He started to walk away from the car but was not complying with officers’ orders to get to the ground, Bradley said. A police dog was deployed.
He suffered dog bites and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Upon his release from the hospital, Thomas likely will be booked on suspicion of felony evading and firearms offenses, Bradley said.
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