SWAT officer fires gun at armed man in Oak Park chase
A Sacramento Police Department SWAT officer fired his weapon at a fleeing suspect Thursday afternoon after the man allegedly pointed a gun at him in the Oak Park neighborhood, police said.
Neither the officer nor the suspect was injured, said Officer Linda Matthew, police spokeswoman.
The suspect was identified Thursday evening as 26-year-old Clifton Allison.
The officer did not strike Allison, who continued to run from the officer after the gunfire, Matthew said. Allison later lay down on the ground and surrendered to the officer, throwing the gun away from him.
The incident lasted only a minute or two, Matthew said.
The confrontation occurred after dispatchers received a call about someone who looked like he had been involved in a fight and was carrying a gun near 20th Avenue and 36th Street about 1:15 p.m.
“He was disheveled looking,” Matthew said. “His clothing was ripped.”
Two SWAT officers riding in an unmarked patrol car were the first to locate Allison. The man fled after police tried to make contact with him, Matthew said. The officer in the passenger seat followed on foot.
“Our officer rounded the corner here at 20th (Avenue) and the suspect turned and pointed the firearm at our SWAT officer,” Matthew said.
The officer responded by firing five rounds at Allison, according to a Police Department news release issued Thursday evening. Once Allison was detained, police located a loaded silver revolver nearby, the release said.
Allison was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of various offenses, including assault with a deadly weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
Matthew said the unmarked patrol car that the SWAT officers were in was not equipped with a dash camera and the SWAT officer who fired his weapon had not yet been issued a body-worn camera.
She said SWAT officers were assigned to the Oak Park neighborhood in response to an increase in shootings in the area.
“Fortunately, they were close enough when this incident happened and they were first to arrive on the scene,” she said.
The officer involved in the shooting is a 10-year veteran with the department, said Sgt. Bryce Heinlein, also a police spokesman. The officer has been placed on leave while an investigation into the shooting is conducted.
The Police Department is encouraging any witnesses with information or video of the shooting to call the dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stopper sat 916-443-4357, or submit an anonymous tip using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app.