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One man dead, another detained after shootout with deputies in Carmichael

The crime scene Thursday at Garfield and Cypress avenues in Carmichael.
The crime scene Thursday at Garfield and Cypress avenues in Carmichael. video image

One man died and another was detained after a shootout involving Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies in Carmichael early Thursday afternoon.

Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Tony Turnbull said a deputy tried to stop a vehicle for an expired registration near Manzanita Avenue and Winding Way shortly before noon.

The deputy pulled in behind the vehicle, which had two men inside, and activated the patrol car’s lights. Instead of pulling over, the driver made evasive moves, then sped away. The deputy gave chase through a residential area, and the suspects’ vehicle ran several stop signs, Turnbull said.

The vehicle finally stopped and the passenger got out as if he were surrendering. As the deputy got out of his car and other sheriff’s units were arriving, the driver sped away, leaving the passenger behind.

Arriving deputies continued the chase. On Cypress Avenue, just west of Garfield Avenue, the driver pulled across the roadway with the driver’s door facing oncoming deputies.

Turnbull said the driver got out of the vehicle and began firing at the deputies. The deputies took cover and returned fire, hitting the driver. The wounded man was on the ground, but he was moving toward the gun he had dropped, Turnbull said. The deputies fired again.

When the man stopped moving, the deputies approached and began administering aid, authorities said. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District personnel arrived and pronounced the man dead.

Sheriff’s officials subsequently said the deceased was a 36-year-old with an extensive criminal history dating back some 20 years.

Deputies found a second gun on the man’s body, Turnbull said.

Investigators questioned the passenger Thursday afternoon.

Turnbull said three deputies were involved in the shooting and have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, in keeping with department procedure for deputy shootings.

One deputy suffered a minor injury and was treated at the scene, Turnbull said.

The Cypress-Garfield intersection was expected to be closed to traffic into the evening because of the investigation.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy