The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The department's understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed.
On February 21, 2023, around 10:32 p.m., officers had responded to a carjacking report where the suspect, who was known to the victim and according to witnesses believed to be under the influence of a controlled substance, brandished a firearm, threatened suicide, and drove away in the victim’s car.
At around 11:39 p.m., officers responded to the Holiday Inn Express (9175 W. Stockton Boulevard) regarding a disturbance between an adult male and a hotel employee.
When the officers arrived, they recognized and confirmed the stolen vehicle, which was parked and unoccupied, from the earlier call. The officers encountered the suspect, 41-year-old man, in the hotel lobby, armed with a handgun. The suspect refused to comply with the officers’ repeated commands and an officer deployed their Taser, which was ineffective. The suspect ran through the hallway of occupied hotel rooms, armed himself with a handgun from his waistband as he ran toward an occupied parking lot, resulting in the officer to discharge his service weapon.
Officers rendered medical aid until the suspect was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. The name of the deceased has not been released, and the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office will make the identification.
We are in the process of collecting all video footage, including body-worn cameras. We are working on releasing video footage as soon as possible. However, an exact timeline for the release is unknown at this time; but it will be in compliance with AB 748.
This investigation is being conducted by the Elk Grove Police Department's Investigation Bureau, which is standard practice for any officer-involved shooting. There will also be two independent reviews of the incident, one by the Elk Grove Police Department's Professional Standards Bureau as well as one by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office. Per Elk Grove Police Department policy, the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave.