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Sacramento Deputy and K9 Killed in Shootout After Pursuit, Another Deputy Injured

Sacramento Deputy and K9 Killed in Shootout After Pursuit, Another Deputy Injured

by Leah AnayaJanuary 19, 2021

Sacramento, CA – Monday evening, a six-year veteran of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office as well as his K9 were killed in a shootout following a pursuit.

An officer attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle, but the suspect led police on a chase. The suspect crashed at the Cal Expo grounds, and the suspect refused to follow orders such as exiting the vehicle. Police shot out his rear window with less lethal rounds and deployed a K9.

At that point, the suspect immediately started shooting.

The K9 was shot and killed. Police returned fire. A deputy was shot and killed, and another deputy injured. That deputy is at UC Davis Medical Center and is expected to survive. The suspect was also shot and killed.

The deputy’s ID has not been released pending notification of kin. The suspect’s ID has also not been released other than to say he was a man in his 40’s.

The deputy leaves behind a wife and infant.

Sheriff Scott Jones said, “They all take a vow. They all take an oath. They all are ready to lay down their lives so people can sleep in peace. We never want to have to make good on that promise, and tonight, unfortunately, one young deputy did.”

“There were a lot of shooting officers,” Jones said. “There were a lot of shots fired. And so…the crime scene investigators will want to do their best to try and account for each of the shots. There’s going to be a lot of interviews to try and get some of that information and, obviously, some of those interviews will take some time.”

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Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya is a medically retired police officer. She served for three years at the Oakland Police Department, and just under five at a department in Washington State. Before that, she was an intelligence analyst in the US Army. She is now a stay at home mom living with her husband, who is still serving as a police officer, and their three children. She also grew up as the daughter of a police officer in California. Leah is now a writer and Deputy Editor at Law Enforcement News Network as well as the Business Manager for Washington State FOP. She's a peer support advocate for The Wounded Blue and Serve and Protect. You can find her on social media @leahmsanaya or at
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