SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California Highway Patrol officer shot and wounded a man Thursday morning in the Fruitridge area of Sacramento, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department said.
The shooting took place at about 11:45 a.m. near the intersection of 23rd Avenue and Del Norte Boulevard, just west of Sam’s Market.
Sgt. Jason Ramos said the officer, whose identity was not immediately released, was on “routine patrol,” when he spotted a man carrying a semiautomatic handgun along 23rd Avenue.
“After exiting his vehicle, the officer gave the subject numerous commands to drop the gun. The subject refused to do so, turned in the direction of the officer. At that time, the officer fired several shots,” said Ramos.
Ramos said the officer saw the man pulling a lever on the gun that loaded a bullet into the chamber.
The man’s name was not immediately released. He is 21 years old.
Ramos initially said the man had received two gunshot wounds to the chest. He later said the man had a single wound. The man was transported to a UC Davis Medical Center. Ramos said his injuries are not considered life-threatening.
“There was four shots straight to him. When he was on the ground, the cop told him, ‘Don’t move.’ And the cop had his gun out,” said Jenessa Plevney, who lives nearby.
Another witness also reported hearing multiple shots.
Evidence markers were placed on the sidewalk to indicate where the officer’s shell casings had landed. Investigators began interviewing residents and picked up a handgun lying in the grass of a house’s front yard.
The owner of Sam’s Market, who asked not to be identified for safety reasons, said the man who was shot is a regular customer. He said the man came in this morning, picked out a bottle of juice, but then said he needed to go get money to pay.
A few minutes later, the shop owner said, he heard gunshots coming from outside.
Ramos said the officer is 38 years old, has been with the CHP for six years and has been placed on paid administrative leave.