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Man shoots at Citrus Heights officers, leads them on chase

Location of the start of an incident Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in which a suspect shot at officers before leading them on a chase.
Location of the start of an incident Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in which a suspect shot at officers before leading them on a chase.

A Sacramento man who the Citrus Heights Police Department said opened fire at officers Thursday morning before engaging in a high-speed chase was arrested and faces more than a half dozen felony charges stemming from the incident.

The suspect was only identified as a 33-year-old man who was on probation prior to his arrest.

No officers or city vehicles were harmed during the pursuit, Anthony Boehle, a spokesman for the Police Department, said in a news release. The man is being treated for injuries at a local hospital after losing control of his car, according to police.

Citrus Heights police first received a call regarding a suspicious person looking into parked cars at about 7:52 a.m. at Northwoods Park, in the 8200 block of Old Ranch Road.

When police arrived, an officer noticed a man sleeping in a parked car. Once the officer made contact with the man, he identified himself using a California driver’s license and told the officer he was on probation, according to Boehle.

The man began to act nervously and became uncooperative with the officer when he was asked if he had anything illegal in the car, police reported. The officer then attempted to detain him, but the suspect got away from the officer and fled using the car, traveling at high speeds.

Police said the man lost control of the vehicle a block away, where he almost ran into a home. Investigators later learned that the man fired multiple shots out of his back window just after he fled, according to Boehle.

The man tried to flee police again after losing control of the car, though officers were able to detain him. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District personnel were called to the scene to treat him for a head injury resulting from the crash, according to Boehle. In the car, police later found several loaded guns and a holster.

The man was being treated at a local hospital for injuries sustained in the crash and will be booked at the Sacramento County jail.

He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, evading police, obstructing or delaying a police officer, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, possessing ammunition as a convicted felon and violating his probation.

Citrus Heights police said the incident is still under investigation and ask any witnesses to call the department at 916-727-5500.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets