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Alleged shoplifter tries to shoot Folsom police officers in violent struggle, police said

Guns and cocaine: What happened when man allegedly tried to shoot Folsom cops

A Folsom man is in custody for allegedly pointing a gun at officers and pulling the trigger, the Folsom Police Department said. Jason Karl Knapp, 29, was arrested August 21, 2019 after police responded to a shoplifting call.
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A Folsom man is in custody for allegedly pointing a gun at officers and pulling the trigger, the Folsom Police Department said. Jason Karl Knapp, 29, was arrested August 21, 2019 after police responded to a shoplifting call.

A Folsom man is in custody for allegedly pointing a gun at officers and pulling the trigger, the Folsom Police Department said.

Jason Karl Knapp, 29, was arrested Tuesday after police responded to a shoplifting call and Knapp allegedly became combative, police said in a Facebook post.

Officers arrived at a business on the 1000 block of Riley Street shortly after 1 p.m. when to assist with a shoplifter who was being uncooperative with loss prevention, police said.

“Immediately upon arrival ... Knapp of Folsom became physically combative with officers. A violent struggle ensued,” the department said.

Knapp allegedly pulled a gun and pointed it in the direction of officers and pulled the trigger. The gun was loaded but jammed as a result of the struggle and did not fire, police said.

“Officers disarmed Knapp as he continued to fight with three Folsom police officers and a loss prevention employee,” police said.

Officers deployed a taser and were able to detain him. Knapp was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and then transported to the Sacramento County Main Jail.

In a search of Knapp’s car, officers found more than a half-pound of cocaine and two loaded guns.

Knapp was booked on suspicion of three felony counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault on a police officer, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to jail records.

He is ineligible for bail.

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Molly Sullivan covers crime, breaking news and police accountability for The Bee. She grew up in Northern California and is an alumna of Chico State.
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