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Sacramento County deputy shoots, kills suspect after Carmichael car chase

A Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a suspect on Horton Lane in Carmichael on Saturday night, according to a department news release.

County coroner’s officials late Sunday identified the fleeing motorist as Sergey Makarenko, 17.

At 11 p.m., the deputy saw a vehicle driving erratically near El Camino and Walnut avenues and attempted to pull the vehicle over. The suspect took off and the deputy’s car gave chase for more than 2 1/2 miles. The release said the chase lasted about five minutes and reached speeds of 60 mph in residential areas.

The fleeing vehicle turned down Horton Lane, which dead-ends south of Sutter Avenue. Deputies got out and ordered the suspect to get out of the vehicle. The suspect instead began accelerating backward in the direction of deputies. The deputy then fired on the driver.

Deputies pulled the driver from the car and began life-saving measures, but Sacramento Metro Fire emergency personnel pronounced him dead at the scene, the release said.

A woman who lives near the site said she heard five gunshots and said the body of the suspect remained on the ground at 10 a.m. Sunday. A second witness, a driver, said he narrowly avoided being hit by the suspect as the chase came to an end and also saw the body still in the road early Sunday. Both asked that their names not be used, saying they did not want to get publicly involved during the police investigation.

Sgt. Tony Turnbull, sheriff’s spokesman, said he did not know when the body was removed. But he said it is not uncommon for a coroner to require a body to be kept in place during an investigation.

The department said in a statement that the deputy is a 12-year veteran with the agency. The deputy will be put on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Professional Standards Division.

Staff writer Jessica Hice also contributed to this story.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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