Sacramento police officers responded to several calls about a woman with a gun in the downtown area of Sacramento on Saturday just after 12 pm. Officers confronted the woman and shot her when she pointed the gun at the officers and refused their orders to drop the gun. She was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. It was later determined the gun was an airsoft gun.
The Sacramento Police Department provided more information on its Facebook page.
Officer-Involved Shooting – Q Street and 28th Street
Below is a summary of the events known to us at this time. The investigation into this incident is in the preliminary stages, and details may change as information becomes available.
On May 20, 2023, at approximately 12:15 p.m., Sacramento Police Department patrol officers responded to a business in the 1100 block of 24th Street regarding reports of an individual saying they had a gun. The complainant provided a detailed description of the individual. Officers responded to the location and checked the area.
About twenty minutes later, while officers were checking the area of the above-listed call, the Sacramento Police Department received a report of an individual waving around a gun near the intersection of 28th Street and N Street. A third additional caller stated an individual was pointing a gun at the customers of a business in the same area. Detailed descriptions of the armed individual were provided to dispatch, similar to those provided on the 24th Street call.
Sacramento Police Department patrol officers responded to the 28th Street and N Street area. A uniformed Sacramento Police Department K9 handler observed an individual near 28th Street and Q Street matching the description provided by the callers. The officer attempted to contact the individual, but the individual ran from the officer. As the individual was running from the officer, the officer issued numerous commands that were ignored. An additional uniformed K9 handler arrived in his patrol vehicle. The individual stopped running, turned toward the officers, and produced what appeared to be a silver handgun. The officers confronted the individual, who continued to ignore the officers’ orders to comply and pointed the silver gun at the K9 handlers. An officer-involved shooting occurred shortly thereafter. Both K9 handlers discharged their weapons, and neither was injured.
Officers rendered emergency medical aid to the adult female. She was transported to an area hospital by the Sacramento Fire Department, where she is listed in stable condition. After receiving medical clearance, the female will be booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on related charges.
Officers recovered an airsoft firearm at the scene (pictured below).
This incident is being investigated by the Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide Unit, Internal Affairs Division, and Professional Standards Unit. An investigation into the incident will also be conducted by the Force Investigation Team. The investigation will focus on policy, tactics, and training as it relates to the use of force. The Office of Public Safety Accountability and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office are providing oversight by monitoring the investigation.
This incident falls under the City Council’s policy on Police Use of Force as well as SB 1421. As a result, the video and audio associated with this incident will be released to the public within 30 days. Detectives are in the process of identifying and retrieving video associated with this incident.
The Sacramento Police Department encourages any witnesses with information regarding this incident to contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP (4357). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Anonymous tips can also be submitted using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app.Sacramento Police Department
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