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Man wounded by sheriff’s deputy during North Highlands pursuit booked into jail

A man wounded by a sheriff’s deputy after he allegedly accosted a woman and then led officers on a foot chase through a North Highlands shopping center Friday has been identified as 28-year-old Sonny James Benavides.

Benavides was booked into Sacramento County Jail on Saturday after he was medically cleared and released from a hospital where he was taken after being shot in the arm, a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department news release states. He was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, felony possession of a firearm by a felon, felony violation of probation, misdemeanor resisting arrest and on an outstanding felony arrest warrant, sheriff’s officials said. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 7-Eleven store on the northeast corner of Watt Avenue and Elkhorn Boulevard about 12:40 p.m. Friday after a woman reported that a man she did not know had followed her in the store parking lot, yelling and cussing at her. He then reportedly reached into a backpack he was carrying and said, “I have something for you.”

At that point, the woman went into the store and called the Sheriff’s Department.

When deputies arrived and approached the man, later identified as Benavides, he dropped his backpack ran. He went into a shopping center at the southwest corner of Watt and Elkhorn, where people who observed the pursuit joined deputies in the chase. At one point, Benavides allegedly pulled a gun and fired at a man who tried to head him off in a truck. He also allegedly fired at people who followed him into a field south of the shopping center, sheriff’s officials said. No one was hit by the gunshots.

A deputy approaching from the opposite end of the field shot Benavides in the arm, causing him to drop the gun. Sheriff’s officials said Benavides continued to be combative as he was taken into custody.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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