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Deputies Involved in Shooting in North Highlands

NORTH HIGHLANDS — The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting in a North Highlands neighborhood.

The shooting happened near President and Senate avenues, just north of Madison Elementary School.

Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man who was armed with a pitchfork.

Sacramento County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Shaun Hampton says deputies responded to a call Thursday reporting a man that was “acting erratic and despondent.”

Hampton says they arrived to find the man was holding a knife. He later went into a garage or yard nearby, came out with a large pitchfork and moved toward a sheriff’s deputy. The deputy fired.

Firefighters pronounced the man dead at the scene. No officers were hurt, officials said.

Hampton says the man was 56 years old. He has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as Wallace Jory.

The deputy involved in the shooting is a 14-year veteran of the sheriff’s department. The deputy has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

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