Crime - Sacto 911

Domestic abuse suspect shot by deputy booked on variety of charges

Kenard Thomas
Kenard Thomas Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

A man who was shot in shoulder by a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of domestic violence.

Kenard Thomas, 38, of Sacramento was shot Tuesday evening after he was found hiding in a closet in a vacant house in south Sacramento County.

Deputies responded shortly before 7:30 p.m. to a 911 call from a woman who reported that her ex-boyfriend, identified by her as Thomas, against whom she had a domestic violence restraining order, had come to her home.

Thomas left on foot before deputies arrived, but the woman told them she had seen a gun in the man’s waistband, said Sgt. Tony Turnbull, sheriff’s spokesman.

Thomas was someone deputies were acquainted with through previous contacts. They knew that he frequented a vacant house in the 5200 block of 53rd Avenue, about three blocks from the woman’s home, Turnbull said.

Four deputies went to the house and as they arrived, the suspect went inside the residence. In a search of the house, a deputy opened a closet door where Thomas was hiding. Fearing for his safety, the deputy fired one shot, striking the suspect in the shoulder, Turnbull said.

Thomas was taken to a hospital with a non-life-threatening wound. He was later released from the hospital, then booked into jail on suspicion of corporal injury on a cohabitant, stalking, resisting arrest and violating a domestic violence restraining order.

The deputy who fired his weapon, a five-year veteran of the force, will be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the officer-involved shooting. No deputies were injured.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews