Crime - Sacto 911

Officers use tear gas to make arrest after five hours in Sacramento

Richard Leon Sharp
Richard Leon Sharp Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

An armed man surrendered to authorities Sunday night after a five-hour standoff in Sacramento that involved tear gas and tire-flattening tack strips.

Richard Leon Sharp, 52, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. He was taken to the Sacramento County Main Jail, and his bail is set at $1 million.

About 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call about a man who had been stabbed at an auto wrecking yard in the 7600 block of Stockton Boulevard.

The victim identified Sharp, who was still at the scene. Authorities did not identify the victim.

As deputies approached, Sharp jumped into his vehicle and fled. A short pursuit ended in a neighborhood near Power Inn Road and Elsie Avenue.

There, Sharp sat inside his vehicle for nearly two hours, speaking with Sacramento police hostage negotiators.

Sharp drove off again around 7:30 p.m., with deputies in pursuit.

Tack strips on the road flattened his tires, and he stopped at 40th Street, south of Eighth Avenue. He stayed inside his vehicle once more.

As police SWAT officers surrounded Sharp’s vehicle, they noticed a gun in his hand, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Negotiators began again to speak with Sharp to get him to drop the gun and surrender. At about 10:30 p.m., Sharp surrendered to officers after a tear gas canister was tossed into his vehicle.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews