SACRAMENTO — After days of searching for an Elk Grove carjacking suspect, Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies say they had no choice but to shoot and kill the man once they found him.
The shooting happened near Truxel and San Juan roads in the parking lot of a FoodMaxx.
The carjacking suspect, 42-year-old Travis York, may not have been in front of the South Natomas FoodMaxx for very long before he was shot and killed by two Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies.
“They had cut somebody off prior to coming to this location,” said Tyrone, a witness who did not want to give his last name.
Tyrone said he and his dad saw the suspect vehicle, a white SUV, driving aggressively on Truxel Road just before it parked.
“In the midst of that, the police was (sic) right behind them and followed them over here, and when we pulled in that’s when I heard the shots fired,” he told FOX40.
There were five or six shots, according to witnesses FOX40 spoke with. The gunfire panicked those inside the grocery store.
Some thought this was an active shooter situation.
According to the Sacramento Police Department, the suspect was on the passenger side of the SUV before getting out of the car. That’s when the deputies spotted him holding a loaded semi-automatic handgun.
After he refused to respond to their commands, deputies fired on him because, according to the department, they had no choice. He died at the scene.
“The suspect exited the vehicle and posed an immediate threat to both deputies,” said Sacramento Police Sgt. Vance Chandler.
The driver of that car was detained but, so far, she has not been charged.
“Our investigation will include seeing what she’s responsible for,” Chandler said.
It all started in Elk Grove on Saturday, when the suspect was pulled over for shoplifting at a Walmart. He drove off, kicking off a high-speed chase and a subsequent carjacking.
Elk Grove police soon discovered who he was.
“They enlisted the assistance of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department in attempting to locate him,” said Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Shaun Hampton.
Sheriff’s deputies spotted him Sunday and eventually followed him to the South Natomas area, where they attempted to take him into custody.
“It was scary,” Kyle said. “Yeah, I thought the worst.”
The sheriff’s department said the deputies involved are all OK.
The suspect who was shot Monday had around a $1 million warrant out for his arrest. According to the sheriff’s department, he also had an extensive criminal history and was wanted on a parole violation.
The sheriff’s department said the deputies who fired at the suspect are a 15-year veteran from the Major Crimes Bureau and a three-year veteran of the department’s SWAT team.
Elk Grove Neighbors React to Deadly Shooting
Twenty miles away in Elk Grove, neighbors on Chablis Way were shaken as they learned the man killed was the suspect they saw speeding down their street on Saturday.
"We saw him flying down the street and I was like, 'Oh, I'm going to wait,'" said neighbor Mischel Zambory.
Elk Grove police told FOX40 the suspect had a connection to one of the homes on Chablis Way.
"Just a bad seed that showed up on this street, that was it," said neighbor Daniel Moreno.
Neighbors said he was there often, at times causing trouble.
"I think there were a lot of altercations that were happening down there. You know, there were many times that we've seen police activities down there, down the way down there," Zambory told FOX40.
As police continued their work, Elk Grove neighbors were still surprised by the dramatic turn of events.
"It's horrible that it went that far," Zambory said.
The Sacramento Sheriff's Department has released video of the shooting and the moments leading up to it, on their YouTube channel.