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Rancho Cordova bystander officers shot likely held cell phone, not weapon

Danny Sanchez peaked out of his garage, watching as authorities arrested his next door neighborhood.

Sanchez was holding something in his hand. And when officers spotted him with it, at least one officer fired a weapon, striking Sanchez in the leg, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s department spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos.

Authorities believed the object was a gun, said Ramos, and perceived Sanchez was a threat at the time of the Thursday incident in Rancho Cordova. Sanchez’s father, John Sanchez, said in media reports that his son was holding a cell phone and was likely trying to record the events, sparked when authorities received calls of multiple gunshots fired on their Negrara Way street.

Standing outside his home Saturday with his lawyer, Sanchez declined comment.

After a standoff, Ben Ledford , 62, was taken into custody. He is suspected of firing multiple gunshots at a house across the street from his home in the 2400 block of Negrara Way.

Ledford is being held with a $1 million dollar bail for charges of assault with a machine gun, discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner and cruelty to animals – officers found a deceased dog inside a residence across the street, which Ramos said appears to have been the suspect’s primary target.

Sanchez underwent surgery to remove bullet fragments from his leg, reports added.

Mariam Baksh: 916-321-1673, @MariamBaksh