Suspect Dead, Officer Injured Following Officer-Involved Shooting in Rancho Cordova

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RANCHO CORDOVA -- The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Rancho Cordova that left a suspect dead and an officer injured, according to Sgt. Tony Turnbull.

According to Turnbull, an officer responded to a report of a man assaulting and choking a woman in the parking lot of a Ross store near Zinfandel and Olson drives about 6:45 p.m. An officer arrived about four minutes after the initial call came in, spotted the suspect and tried to arrest him.

The suspect, identified as Mikel Laney Mcintyre, then started fighting with the officer, according to Turnbull. The fight continued across Olson Drive to the Red Roof Inn on the other side of the street. During the physical fight, both the officer and the suspect fell into a pile of river rocks. The suspect allegedly picked up one of the rocks and hit the officer in the head. The officer then fired his weapon at the suspect. It is not known if the Mcintyre was hit.

He then fled southbound toward Highway 50, according to the sheriff's department. The officer was still conscious after being hit in the head, and was able to call in a suspect description and direction of travel.

Deputies responded and spotted Mcintyre on the northside of Highway 50 in the westbound lanes, and he was seen going under the overpass at Zinfandel, the sheriff's department said. The suspect was contacted by a K9 deputy and another deputy, and the K9 dog was deployed in an attempt to apprehend the suspect. Mcintyre then hit the dog over the head with another large rock and began to attack the deputies.

At that time, both deputies fired their weapons, striking the suspect. The suspect was detained and the deputies began life-saving measures. The suspect was transported to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Of the three officers that fired their weapons, one is a Rancho Cordova police officer and the other two belong to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. The officers involved have 12 years, 11 years and nine years experience with the department, respectively.

The officer who was hit with the rock was transported to a local hospital with head injuries. He has remained conscious the whole time and a CT scan will be performed. The K9 was also transported to a veterinarian's office.

The initial victim of the assault remained on scene and will be interviewed by law enforcement.

Eastbound Olson is shut down at Zinfandel. Lanes of westbound Highway 50 have been blocked off near Zinfandel. The roads are expected to be closed down for several hours. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.

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