Crime - Sacto 911

Man carjacks SMUD vehicle and leads police on chase through Elk Grove and Wilton

Elk Grove Police Department

A man is in custody after a carjacking of a SMUD truck that led to a short police pursuit and an officer-involved shooting Friday south of Elk Grove.

At about 3 p.m., the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office and the Elk Grove Police Department began receiving calls about a man attacking a Sacramento Municipal Utility District worker inside the cab of his truck near Waterman and Grantline roads. The man began smashing the windshield with a metal object and then stole the truck, according to a press release from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.

Elk Grove police and sheriff’s deputies responded and pursued the truck for several miles as the carjacker drove erratically through Elk Grove and into Wilton.

During the pursuit, the driver turned the truck to face officers head-on, drove off the road and broke through fences and steel gates on rural properties, according to the press release.

The man then headed directly toward an Elk Grove police car, according to the press release.

“At this point, the officer, fearing for his life, fired his duty weapon at the suspect,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

The man did not appear to be injured by the gunfire, but he suffered injuries from hitting various objects during the pursuit. The SMUD vehicle became disabled, and police were able to take the man into custody.

The man was hospitalized for minor injuries. His name was not available.

Charges of carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, felony evasion and probation violation are pending, police said.

The SMUD worker suffered minor injuries.

The police officer who fired his gun is a 19-year veteran and will be placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated.

Sawsan Morrar covers school accountability and culture for The Sacramento Bee. She grew up in Sacramento and is an alumna of UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She previously freelanced for various publications including The Washington Post, Vice, KQED and Capital Public Radio.