Calif. K-9, Suspect Injured in Wild Encounter

SACRAMENTO — A Sacramento homeowner and police dog were injured in a wild encounter that began with a man barreling into a Sacramento law enforcement facility in a pickup truck Monday night.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was also injured: shot in the leg and later hit with a Taser before being brought into custody.

The incident began at 9:29 p.m. when a Sacramento Police Department K-9 officer saw a man driving recklessly on Marysville Boulevard. With the marked police car following, the truck then made a fast turn onto eastbound South Avenue, according to a police press release.

The driver – for no obvious reason – then rammed the heavy steel gate of the William J. Kinney Police Facility. He then drove through the parking lot where he struck a parked and unoccupied patrol vehicle.

With multiple officers in pursuit in vehicles and on foot, the suspect drove through the back parking lot and rammed his way out the facility’s emergency back gate, which exits onto Rosalind Street. The gate hanging from the truck, the driver continued south on Rosalind, the release states.

The suspect then hit the metal gate of a residence on Rosalind Street before fleeing on foot.

The K-9 officer, who had been following the action, deployed his K-9 “Reno.” The suspect fought off the dog multiple times. During the struggle, the officer fired his gun “multiple times striking the suspect in his lower extremities,” the release states.

The suspect continued to flee, jumping fences. “Reno” suffered two significant lacerations and was transported for veterinarian care, officials said.

The suspect then knocked on the front door of a nearby homeowner and asked for help. When the homeowner refused, the suspect bashed him with a metal pipe, overpowering him. The suspect took control of the house, leaving the homeowner outside.

A short time later, the suspect re-emerged with the keys to the homeowner’s vehicle. The two fought again as the suspect tired to take the homeowner’s vehicle from the driveway.

During this struggle, officers responding to the initial call arrived. They then controlled the suspect using their Tasers.

“The suspect was transported to a local area hospital where he is listed in critical but stable condition. The name of the suspect is not being released at this time due to the ongoing nature of the investigation,” authorities said.

The car that rammed into the police gates was seen Tuesday morning being towed out of a driveway directly across from the department’s emergency gate on Rosalind Street. The gate for that home was bent inward and glass lay on the ground. Neither of the two cars parked there had any apparent damage. A white metal fence laid on the sidewalk next to the emergency exit.

Gaby Paz, who has lived on the street for about a year, said she heard the initial crash after the car rammed through the gate and went outside.

She and her husband ran back inside after hearing gunshots.

“I heard a guy yelling, asking for help,” she said.

Paz said she then saw droves of police lights and heard a helicopter overhead.

Jeffrey Lucky, who lives in his car parked on South Avenue, said he heard the initial crash and later three gunshots.

“I heard just ‘Bam, bam,” he said. “They took down the entire fence.”

Scene investigators continued Tuesday to process the spot where the man was arrested, near Christie Circle on Sheldon Street. Crews also worked in fixing the gate where the initial crash happened.

The station and surrounding area is expected to be closed for some time as the investigation continues. Reno is listed in stable condition at a local area veterinary hospital.

The homeowner suffered injuries from the pipe, but declined transportation to a hospital.

The Sacramento Police Department encourages witnesses with information to contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP. They can also submit an anonymous tip using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

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