Update: The Elk Grove Police Department reports the suspect, 41-year-old Lester Tucker, was medically cleared May 1 and transported to the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded, concealed firearm and resisting arrest.
ELK GROVE — Two Elk Grove police officers were recovering after they were hit by gunfire late Saturday night while trying to apprehend a burglary suspect.
Gunfire shook neighbors awake near the intersection of Franklin and Laguna boulevards in Elk Grove.
“It’s quiet. It’s a great neighborhood, no crime down here. So, it’s really shocking,” said neighbor Steve Bicker.
A police chase ended with the two officers shot in their lower legs and the suspect in the hospital with life-threatening gunshot wounds.
It all started just after 11 p.m., when the Elk Grove Police Department got a phone call saying a man and a woman were breaking into a travel trailer parked on Tegan Road. The caller said the man had a firearm.
“An officer arrived on scene. He made contact with both individuals. During the contact, the male subject ran southbound through the shopping center there at Laguna and Franklin,” said Elk Grove Police Officer Jason Jimenez.
The officer ran after the suspect while a second officer drove to intercept the suspect in the shopping center parking lot.
The officers were on each side of the suspect, facing each other when police say the suspect moved toward one of the officers with his hands near his stomach.
Both officers started shooting.
“At this point, what we do know right now is both officers fired their duty weapons,” Jimenez said. “What we don’t know is whether or not the suspect fired.”
The officers were treated and released from the hospital. They are expected to be OK.
Police say the suspect was found with a loaded gun. However, right now they do not know whether he fired any shots. Both officers fired “multiple rounds,” according to police. @FOX40 pic.twitter.com/CjitICln6O
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The suspect has been identified as a 41-year-old man from Sacramento. He’s expected to face charges of felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm and resisting or obstructing arrest.
Police say after further investigation, they learned the initial caller knew the suspect. Investigators say that while the travel trailer is registered to someone else, the suspect was the primary person using it.
Neighbors now hope their quiet block will go back to normal and that the officers will recover quickly.
“I’m glad the police officers aren’t seriously injured and thank goodness for that,” Bicker said.
The two officers have been placed on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues, which is protocol for the department.
The woman who was initially contacted with the suspect was detained but later released as there was not enough evidence to prove she committed a crime, according to Jimenez.
This is a developing story. Stay with FOX40 News for updates as they become available.
Update- Officer involved shooting investigation underway. Two officers and the suspect were hit. All three were transported to local hospital. Officers sustained non-life threatening injuries. Suspect sustained life-threatening injuries.
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