Sheriffs: Officer Involved Shooting Suspect’s Gun Jammed, Never Fired Shot

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SACRAMENTO –

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has released new information regarding the officer involved shooting in Carmichael Thursday.

The suspect that was fatally shot was identified as Adrienne Jamarr Ludd. Detectives said Ludd sped away after deputies tried to pull him over for an expired registration. When he finally stopped authorities he took cover behind a car on Cypress Avenue and pointed a loaded handgun at officers.

Deputies shot him and he fell to the ground losing his gun. According to Sacramento County Sheriff's Spokesman Tony Turnbull, Ludd reached for the gun and that's when deputies shot at the 36-year-old again fearing for their safety.

"It could have ended a lot more tragically," said Turnbull.

SCSD said Ludd couldn't fire his weapon because the gun jammed, "In any situation you don't want to wait to see if a gun was functional or not functional," said Turnbull.

That gun wasn't functional, but the second one found in Ludd's pocket was. Detectives say the three deputies involved acted appropriately.

A passenger was in Ludd's car. He was detained by authorities and questioned but, was later released and wasn't arrested.

Ludd's former neighbor, Brandi Marto tells Fox40 she's surprised by the deadly shooting because her interactions with Ludd were pleasant, "He was always nice to us."

Authorities will continue to investigate.