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Man killed in officer-involved shooting in Fair Oaks

What led up to the officer-involved shooting in Fair Oaks?

Sgt. Tony Turnbull of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department recounts the 911 call and officers' response.
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Sgt. Tony Turnbull of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department recounts the 911 call and officers' response.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Fair Oaks that left one man dead Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting occurred just before 4 p.m. on the 11000 block of Fair Oaks Boulevard just south of Sunset Avenue, said sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull. The Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call Wednesday, but the caller hung up in the middle of the call, Turnbull said. The Sheriff’s Department was able to call the person back and spoke to a woman who said her son had been at her house threatening to kill her, she believed he had a gun, Turnbull said.

The son, an unidentified, 24-year-old, left the house, but while the woman was on the phone with the Sheriff’s Department, he returned, threatened her and repeated that he had a gun, Turnbull said. The woman initially barricaded herself in the garage but was able to get out and escape over some fences, Turnbull said.

A sheriff’s deputy and an officer from the Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Parks District arrived at the scene, Turnbull said. As they came down Fair Oaks Boulevard, the suspect came out into the street in front of the officers and leveled a handgun at them, Turnbull said. The officers fired shots, hitting the suspect, Turnbull said. Two independent witnesses saw the suspect level the gun and fire at the officers, he said, but investigators have yet to confirm the suspect fired the shots.

The officers rendered medical aid and gave CPR to the suspect, Turnbull said. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District personnel arrived and pronounced the man dead at the scene.

The deputy involved in the shooting is a four-year veteran of the department assigned to field services in the sheriff’s North Division, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. The deputy was placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation, in keeping with department policy and procedures in officer-involved shootings.

The other officer is a two-year veteran of the Fulton-El Camino Parks Police, the news release said

The Sheriff’s Department said the incident will be investigated by the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Professional Standards Division, which is standard practice in officer-involved shootings. An independent review will be conducted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and the Inspector General.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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