Sacramento police said a man believed to be the suspect in a carjacking in Rio Linda was found dead Tuesday night inside a home following a standoff in North Natomas.
Police said Sacramento Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives were taking over the investigation and are expected to be on the scene through most of the night.
Sacramento police spokesman Officer Justin Brown said Sacramento police and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department dispatched SWAT officers to the the 6000 block of Bridgecross Drive after a witness reported seeing a man get out of a vehicle that matched the description of the carjacked vehicle and go into a residence.
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The man reportedly appeared to be injured and bleeding as he entered the house, Brown said
He said officers made contact with a couple of adults in the residence who came outside and cooperated with authorities, leaving only the suspect inside. Brown said he did not know the relationship between the residents of the house and the suspect, but he said it was not a hostage situation.
As a precaution, some nearby homes were evacuated. Residents were allowed to return to their home shortly after 9 p.m.
No shots were fired during the standoff by either police or the suspect, Brown said.
The carjacking occurred at Dry Creek Road and Elkhorn Boulevard in Rio Linda.
California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Todd Van Lindt said the incident began about 3 p.m. Tuesday when a CHP officer attempted to make an enforcement stop on a motorcyclist on Elkhorn Boulevard.
He said the motorcyclist fled on foot westbound on Elkhorn Boulevard to Dry Creek Road, where he carjacked at 1989 blue and white Ford Bronco.
During the carjacking, shots were fired, but Van Lindt said it had not been determined whether shots were fired by the suspect or whether the suspect was injured in the shooting.
He said neither the officer involved nor the driver of the Bronco was injured. Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies assisted the CHP in searching for the suspect and the Bronco.
Three nearby schools in the Twin Rivers Unified School District – Rio Linda High School, Rio Linda Preparatory Academy and Dry Creek Elementary School – were locked down for a short time after the shooting.
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