Sheriff’s: Suspect killed in deputy-involved shooting in south Sacramento County

A man was shot and killed Sunday afternoon by a Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy near the community of Herald in southeast Sacramento County.

The incident happened around 2:15 p.m. on the 13000 block of Bennett Road near Clay Station Road about 5 miles northeast of Galt, according to Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Tess Deterding.

Multiple 911 callers reported that there was a suspicious man known to the area and known to carry weapons, Deterding said, and a single deputy responded to the scene, contacted the man, and discovered he was armed with a handgun.

Shots were fired within a minute, Deterding said, and fire personnel were requested to administer first aid immediately afterward. The man was declared dead on the scene, she said.

“At this time it does not appear through our limited investigation that the suspect fired any rounds at the deputy, however there is a gun located inside the scene,” Deterding said.

The shooting occurred in the middle of the roadway on Bennett Road, a narrow residential gravel road.

Frances Jens, a resident on Bennett Road near where the shooting occurred, said she watched as sheriff’s cars tore down the road on the way to the scene.

“Two deputies came down and spoke with us and said that there was a person of strange character that was acting odd that apparently somebody had called about down here that was acting perhaps under the influence,” Jens said.

Jens said gunshots in the area are not terribly uncommon — a bullet went through her window not too long ago and she had been hearing shots all weekend from neighbors, so she didn’t think much of the gunshots she heard Sunday afternoon.

The deputy who shot and killed the suspect is a 19-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and has 17 years patrol experience, Deterding said. It is unlikely that he was wearing a bodycam, she said.

Deterding said it is common practice for Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies to respond without a partner to calls in rural areas.

No deputies were injured in the incident, Deterding said, and she did not have a description of the man who was slain.

Mitchel Bobo covers breaking news for The Bee and is a journalism student at Sacramento State. He was born on Travis Air Force Base and raised in Vacaville.
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