Crime - Sacto 911

Man shot following vehicle pursuit in Citrus Heights in critical condition


A man who led police on a short vehicle pursuit was reported in critical condition Thursday night after he was wounded in an officer-involved shooting in Citrus Heights.

The man, identified by Citrus Heights police as 50-year-old Steven Roberts of Citrus Heights, had been reported driving erratically from a parking lot onto a roadway just before the pursuit began about 3:30 p.m. The witness also observed the SUV traveling in opposing lanes of traffic, according to a Police Department news release.

The officer had pursued the vehicle for less than a mile when the SUV came to a sudden stop in a residential driveway in the 7400 block of Summer Drive, in a neighborhood north of Rusch Park. Police said it was later learned that Roberts had no association with the residence.

A witness saw and heard the officer yell commands to Roberts and then heard the sound of gunshots, the news release said.

Police did not say whether Roberts had a gun, or what action prompted the shooting, saying additional details will be released as they become available.

Seconds after the pursuit ended, the officer radioed that shots were fired and that the suspect had been hit. Other officers arrived moments later and discovered that the suspect had a gunshot wound in the torso, the news release said. Officers administered first aid until Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District personnel arrived and transported Roberts to an area hospital. His injuries initially were thought to be non-life-threatening, but police learned Thursday night that he was listed in critical condition.

The officer involved in the shooting was not injured and has been placed on paid administrative leave in keeping with department policy. The shooting is being investigated by the Citrus Heights Police Department’s Investigative Services Division and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

Roberts is being investigated for felony evading in a motor vehicle and driving under the influence, the news release said.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Citrus Heights Police Department at 916-727-5500.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy