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Man shot by ATF near Christian Brothers High School in critical condition

By Richard Chang and Bill Lindelof

rchang@sacbee.com

A man was shot Thursday morning by an ATF agent in the backyard of an Oak Park home during the serving of a search warrant.
A man was shot Thursday morning by an ATF agent in the backyard of an Oak Park home during the serving of a search warrant. rchang@sacbee.com

A man was shot Thursday morning by an ATF agent in the backyard of an Oak Park home during the serving of a search warrant.

The injured man was in critical condition following the 7 a.m. shooting at the house in the 3900 block of 17th Avenue. The operation was led by the Woodland Police Department and included agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with the Sacramento Police Department.

Personnel from the agencies arrived at the home to serve arrest and search warrants. The search warrant was related to weapons, authorities said.

As ATF agents were serving the search warrant, gunfire was heard from inside the house, according to a Sacramento Police Department news release. A man armed with a gun fled out the back of the residence and was met by ATF agents in the backyard. Police said an ATF agent fired at the man, striking him. The agent was not injured.

Medical personnel arrived and the man was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Police reported that the man was in stable condition late Thursday afternoon.

The man’s name has not been released because of the ongoing criminal investigation, Sacramento police said

While officers were serving the search warrant, an ATF agent encountered an armed man in the backyard of the residence. The unidentified man shot first, and gunfire was returned by the ATF agent, according to a Sacramento police spokesman. The agent was not injured.

Woodland police spokesman Sgt. Brett Hancock declined to provide details on the operation because authorities are still investigating the shooting. Dozens of ATF agents and other law enforcement were seen stationed at the parking lot of the St. Paul Baptist Church.

A gun was recovered from the scene. The incident resulted in a precautionary lockdown of nearby Christian Brothers High School, and Father Keith B. Kenny and Oak Ridge elementary schools. The lockdown has since been lifted.

Because the shooting occurred in Sacramento, the Sacramento Police Department’s homicide unit and crime scene investigators are working with the ATF to investigate the incident.

Richard Chang: 916-321-1018, @RichardYChang

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