Sacramento Police Release Video of Officer-Involved Shooting

The Sacramento Police Department has released body camera footage of an officer-involved shooting incident from back in September.

Back on Sept. 18, police say bail bonds agents were trying to serve a warrant to a wanted suspect at a home along the 7600 block of Bellini Way. Agents went inside and found the suspect in a bathroom; he was armed with a handgun. 

During the incident, the suspect refused to comply with the officer’s commands and displayed the gun in the direction of the officers. 

 17-year veteran, K9 officer John Harshbarger fired his weapon 4 times striking the suspect, 30-year old, Kristopher Velez several times.  

Velez has since been released from the hospital and continues to recover from his injuries.  At this point, the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office has not filed a criminal complaint against Velez. 

“By releasing the videos which captured the event, we believe this will benefit the community in understanding the nature of what transpired leading up to the use of deadly force by officers,” the department wrote in a release.

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