Two months after a Carmichael man was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies, the man’s family has raised questions about whether officials used excessive force.
Authorities say Adrienne Jamarr Ludd, 36, led deputies on a three-minute chase Oct. 22 before abruptly stopping and positioning his car for a shootout.
Ludd exited the vehicle and allegedly tried to fire at arriving deputies, but his Tec-22 handgun jammed, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Deputies, fearing for their life, returned fire and struck Ludd, said Sgt. Tony Turnbull, a department spokesman.
At that point, Ludd disappeared behind his Chevrolet sedan, Turnbull said. Approaching deputies found him reaching for the handgun and immediately unleashed another barrage of gunfire, according to the department.
“He was crawling to retrieve the gun,” Turnbull said. “We can never know what his wounds are because it’s still an active thing. Deputies re-engaged him, fearing for their safety and the safety of others.”
Once Ludd stopped moving, deputies began CPR but he was pronounced dead on the scene. Officials said they found a second firearm – a loaded pistol – in his pants pocket following the shooting.
The brother of the suspect, Latrell Ludd, 38, wondered why deputies needed to continue to shoot after Ludd, who was being stopped because of an expired vehicle registration tag, had fallen to the ground. The family has presented the Sheriff’s Department with a list of requests, including the release of toxicology reports and dashboard camera footage of the incident.
Family members and representatives from the local Black Lives Matter chapter on Monday held a news conference to draw attention to the case.
“If he’s wounded, kick the gun away and he can sit in jail,” Latrell Ludd said. “They are trying to justify the killing.”
The Sheriff’s Department has thus far declined to release the footage, citing the ongoing investigation. An official autopsy report has not been released by the coroner because of probe.
Officials said Ludd had an extensive rap sheet dating back 20 years.
Ludd was a convicted felon who had left crime behind until recently, when he began dealing drugs again, family members say.
Latrell Ludd said his brother had successfully evaded law enforcement twice recently before the Oct. 22 incident.
The deceased man’s wife, Amy Ludd, said she did not know her husband had guns or sold drugs. The pair, married three years, separated about four months ago, but Ludd said she had hoped they would reconcile.
“The man I married is not like that,” said Ludd, 31, who was pregnant with the couple’s daughter at the time of the shooting. “He was completely against that whole lifestyle.”
Turnbull said the Sheriff’s Department inquiry would clarify what happened during the incident, but he made no promise that the dashcam video would eventually be released. The deputies, initially placed on administrative leave, have returned to duty.