Investigator details Loomis shootout involving Placer County deputies
A shootout with law enforcement that began in a Loomis supermarket parking lot Monday ended with a suspect hospitalized in serious condition.
No one else was hurt in the incident, which began at 9 a.m. at the Raley’s parking lot on Horseshoe Bar Road.
Dena Erwin, a spokeswoman for the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, said the incident began when deputies responded to a report of a man “waving a gun around” in the parking lot.
Deputies found a man and a woman sitting in the front seat of a blue pickup truck. The man jumped out and ran across the street. When the deputies followed in their car, the man turned, pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired. One of the deputies returned fire from the car but apparently missed, Erwin said.
The suspect continued fleeing through a nearby neighborhood and wound up outside the Placer sheriff’s substation at 6140 Horseshoe Bar Road. The substation was closed for the Martin Luther King holiday, but two additional deputies who had responded to the call encountered the man in the gravel parking lot outside the building.
More shots were exchanged, and this time the suspect was hit. Erwin said it wasn’t clear if one or both deputies shot him.
The man, identified as Rodney J. Hance, 49, of Fresno, was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Erwin said he was in serious condition.
Erwin said the incident may have stemmed from a domestic dispute. The suspect had come to Loomis to meet his ex-wife, who had arrived with friends.
The woman in the truck with the suspect was identified as a 25-year-old woman from Madera. Erwin said deputies were still investigating the nature of her relationship with the suspect. She was being detained for questioning.