The man fatally shot by deputies Monday at a Natomas grocery store was identified Wednesday as 42-year-old Travis York, according to coroner records.
York was wanted in connection to an alleged theft and armed carjacking in Elk Grove over the weekend and had eluded law enforcement for two days. Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies followed York, who was sitting in the passenger seat of a white SUV, to a FoodMaxx parking lot on Truxel Road shortly after noon Monday and tried to take him into custody, Sacramento police said in a press release.
Deputies saw York exit the SUV with a handgun, police said, and when he allegedly did not obey commands they fired on him.
It is unclear if York pointed his weapon or fired at officers.
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York was wearing a holster at the time of his death and deputies found a loaded handgun at the scene, said Sgt. Vance Chandler, police department spokesman at a press conference.
York first came to police attention Saturday when he and two other men allegedly shoplifted from the Walmart on Elk Grove Boulevard, according to Elk Grove Police. The store alerted the Elk Grove Police Department of the theft and gave officers a description of the men and their SUV. Officers spotted the SUV on Elk Grove Boulevard and pulled it over, said Jason Jimenez, spokesman for the Elk Grove Police Department.
During the vehicle stop, York became “agitated,” Jimenez said. He then jumped into the driver’s seat and fled.
Police followed but canceled the pursuit when York began driving “erratically,” Jimenez said. Officers later found York on Chablis Way where he continued to flee on foot into a parking lot of a shopping center and allegedly carjacked a victim at gunpoint. police said.
York has a criminal record dating back to 2001, according to Sacramento County Superior Court records. He has served time in state prison for felony charges of burglary, unlawful use of a vehicle and grand theft. He was also sentenced to 90 days incarceration for a parole violation in June.
Though York was shot by county deputies, the Sacramento Police Department is investigating the officer-involved shooting because it happened within city limits.
Neither deputy involved in the shooting was harmed and both were put on administrative leave, according to the release.