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Man suspected of shooting at deputy arrested after a second police pursuit

Jimmy Young Vang
Jimmy Young Vang Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

A man suspected of firing several shots at a sheriff’s deputy during a vehicle stop in south Sacramento County has been arrested.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives arrested Jimmy Young Vang, 34, on suspicion of attempted murder and other charges after an 18-hour-long search.

The incident that led to Vang’s arrest began shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday, when a deputy stopped a driver for a traffic infraction near Stockton Boulevard and Fruitridge Road. A male passenger in the car, later identified as Vang, got out and fired a handgun at the deputy, who was still in the patrol car. Several shots hit the car, according to Sgt. Tony Turnbull, sheriff’s spokesman.

“The suspect was very violent,” Turnbull said. “He tried to shoot an officer. That’s as violent as it can get.”

The deputy returned fire, and the shooter got back into the car. The driver and passenger fled, traveling south on Stockton Boulevard for 200 to 300 yards before stopping, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.

At that point, Vang allegedly got out and fired again, Turnbull said. He ran into the neighborhood near Stockton Boulevard and Jansen Drive as the female driver sped away. Deputies initially were unable to find him.

Deputies pursued the Lincoln onto northbound Highway 99, traveling at speeds over 100 mph, the news release said. The chase continued onto northbound Interstate 5, with officers from the California Highway Patrol and Yolo County Sheriff’s Office assisting.

Near the rural community of Zamora, about 30 miles north of Sacramento, the Lincoln crashed when it hit spike strips that officers had deployed, authorities said.

The driver who ran into an area of fields and orchards was later found about 11 a.m. after an extensive search but was not booked into jail. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office did not release her identity and is working to file charges if needed.

Just after 8:45 p.m. Thursday, members of the department’s Gang Unit and Special Enforcement Detail saw Vang in a compact vehicle near 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue. Sacramento Police Department’s helicopter near the scene followed the vehicle in the air.

Deputies attempted a vehicle stop after a high-speed pursuit ensued for 10 minutes. Vang lost control of his vehicle at eastbound Highway 80 and Arden Way, where he fled.

“He didn’t get very far at all,” Turnbull said. “He realized it was not a great idea to run because there were a lot of vehicles on the road.”

Turnbull said Vang attempted to take the car of a nearby motorist, but was quickly taken into custody. The compact vehicle Vang drove was towed away after being disabled from the chase.

Vang, a parolee, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, attempted carjacking and an outstanding felony warrant. He was booked at the Sacramento County Main Jail.

Walter Ko: 916-321-1436, @juntaeko