Sacramento sheriff describes officer-involved shooting involving pitchfork-wielding man
The man who was fatally shot by a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department deputy Thursday morning posted a suicidal message on his Facebook page the night before his death.
“(It’s) over my stuff is garbage and tonite is my last night on earth,” Wallace Jory, 56, wrote in a Facebook status Wednesday night. “The wife and the son can have the apartment, good bye to one and all!!!”
Jory was identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as the man who police say charged at a deputy while holding a pitchfork it the 5300 block of President Avenue in North Highlands. One of the deputies at the scene fired his gun at Jory after multiple orders to drop the tool, Sgt. Shaun Hampton said.
Public records show that Jory lived at the same address where his body was found Thursday by Coroner’s Office personnel.
Jory’s wife, Ann Jory, was standing behind yellow police tape after the shooting, waiting for detectives to speak to her on Thursday. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office had not yet identified Jory as the person shot in the incident.
Jory had experienced mental health issues in the past five years and was classified as a manic depressive a week before the shooting, she said. He also had epilepsy, a neurological disorder that causes seizures.
The two were married for 20 years and had a son together. The family was in the process of moving their belongings to an apartment complex nearby after being told by their landlord that they had to vacate their home on President Avenue, she said.
The landlord called her earlier that day and told her he was going to call police because Jory “has a knife in his hand. He’s walking down the street with a knife in his hand,” she said. Ann Jory was driving her son to school when she received the phone call.
“I tried to help him as best as I could,” Ann Jory said Thursday. She did not return a request for comment by Friday afternoon.
The shooting happened after the Sheriff’s Department received a call from a neighbor about 9:54 a.m. reporting a man acting erratically on the street, Hampton said.
Multiple deputies arrived to the street about 20 minutes later to conduct a welfare check, and found a man holding an “edged weapon,” Hampton said. Jory then returned to a home on the street and re-emerged with a pitchfork in hand.
The deputy who fatally shot at Jory told him to drop the tool multiple times, Hampton said. Instead, Jory ignored the commands and continued moving toward the deputy. Jory was shot in the torso and pronounced dead at the scene by fire personnel.
Sacramento Superior Court records showed no criminal cases in his name. Several people took to Jory’s Facebook page Friday morning, sharing condolences on his Wednesday-night post.
The deputy involved in the shooting was a 14-year-veteran working out of the department’s North Division and will remain on administrative leave pending an internal investigation into the shooting. The deputy was not identified by the department as of Friday afternoon. None of the officers at the scene were injured.