Suspect Shot, Injured After Vehicle Pursuit with Citrus Heights Police

CITRUS HEIGHTS — The Citrus Height Police Department was involved in a shooting after a vehicle pursuit Thursday afternoon near Rusch Drive and Summer Avenue.

Steven Roberts (Courtesy: Citrus Heights Police Dept.)

Police say a witness observed the vehicle, a Ford SUV, driving erratically from a private parking lot onto a public street and called 911. The witness also said they saw the car driving in opposing lanes of traffic.

The pursuit ended abruptly when the driver, later identified as 50-year-old Steven Roberts of Citrus Heights, came to a stop in a residential driveway on Summer Avenue, police said. A witness saw and heard a Citrus Heights police officer yell commands at Roberts and then heard gunfire.

Seconds later, the officer radioed in that Roberts had been hit. More officers arrived on scene moments later.

Roberts was shot in the upper torso, and officers began providing first aid. When Sac Metro Fire crews arrived on scene, they transported Roberts to a local hospital. He is in critical condition.

No officers were injured at the scene.

The officer involved in the shooting was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard department policy.

Roberts is being investigated for felony evading in a motor vehicle and driving under the influence.

Police say there are no outstanding suspects and no further threat to the public.

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