Two Sacramento Police officers are recovering after they were shot in South Sacramento and the shooting suspect was killed.
The shooting happened about 11 a.m. in the 3300 block of 27th Avenue, near Franklin Boulevard and a block away from the Sacramento Police Department main office. Sgt. Bryce Heinlein says officers were trying to stop a car that was being driven by a suspect wanted in connection with a double homicide.Photo courtesy Sacramento Police Department Facebook
One officer was shot in the chest, but he was wearing a bullet-proof vest. The other officer was hit in the leg. Neither of the officers was identified at the time of this report. Investigators say they recovered the suspect's gun at the scene of the shooting.
"It started when a Sacramento police POD captured a car known to be connected to a man wanted in a double on September 1," Heinlein said.
Officers caught up with the vehicle and tried to pull over the driver. They said he was initially compliant and pulled to the side of the road, throwing his keys out the window. Then he allegedly got out and opened fire.
Officers returned fire, hitting and killing the suspect. His identity was not immediately released.
The suspect was wanted in the deaths of two women who were found dead Friday night at a home in the 1400 block of Janrick Avenue. Heinlein says he bodies were found during a carbon monoxide alarm call, but their deaths were deemed suspicious.
This officer involved shooting was taking place at about the same time law enforcement representatives, family, and members of the public were gathering in Roseville for a memorial to Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Robert French. French died last week from injuries sustained in a shootout at a Sacramento hotel on Auburn Boulevard with a suspect wanted for questioning during a car theft operation conducted by various the sheriff's department, the Sacramento Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol. Two CHP officers were also shot in that incident, but they are expected to recover from their injuries.