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Suspect identified in Friday SMUD carjacking, officer-involved shooting incident

Christopher St. Charles, 36, of Sacramento.
Christopher St. Charles, 36, of Sacramento.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has identified the suspect in Friday’s carjacking and officer-involved shooting incident south of Elk Grove.

Christopher St. Charles, a 36-year-old Sacramento man, was taken into custody after allegedly attacking a Sacramento Municipal Utility District worker, stealing a SMUD truck, driving through fences and steel gates, and driving toward an Elk Grove police vehicle, the Sheriff’s Department said Monday in a news release.

The Sheriff’s Department said in a statement Saturday that an Elk Grove police officer, “fearing for his life, fired his duty weapon at the suspect” when the suspect drove toward the police vehicle.

St. Charles was not injured by gunfire, but was hospitalized for injuries sustained as the SMUD vehicle hit various objects during the pursuit, sheriff’s officials said. The officer who fired a weapon was identified as a 19-year law enforcement veteran, and has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with department policies.

Elk Grove police and sheriff’s deputies had pursued the suspect for several miles, from the area of Waterman and Grantline roads into Wilton. St. Charles was taken into custody after the SMUD vehicle became disabled. The SMUD worker sustained minor injuries, authorities said.

St. Charles was booked into Sacramento County jail Sunday evening after he was released from the hospital. He is being held on eight felony charges, including carjacking, assaulting a peace officer, evading police and violating probation. His bail is set at $750,000.

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Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.