CARMICHAEL, Calif. (KTXL) — A man suspected in a Rancho Cordova carjacking is in critical condition after being shot by Sacramento deputies Friday, officials said.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said the encounter started around 6 p.m. on Business Park Drive in Rancho Cordova, when a man told police he was carjacked at gunpoint while leaving work.
Rancho Cordova police tracked the stolen Ford Explorer to the intersection of El Camino and Walnut avenues.
At that point, sheriff’s deputies took over the pursuit and saw a man running from a nearby apartment complex while shooting at them.
Deputies fired back at the shooter as he was trying to steal another car.
A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said the shooter is a 44-year old man and was hit at least once when deputies shot back at him.
The man was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition.
Aaron Borrelli told FOX40 Saturday that he was settling down for night when he heard the commotion near his Carmichael home.
“I heard sirens the night before, a lot, but I didn’t really know what was going on,” Borrelli recalled. “There were two or three police cars there in the intersection, completely taped off and I slowed down and they just told me to turn around.”
While the shooting isn’t something that happens too often in Borrelli’s neighborhood, he said he’s not surprised.
“It’s just gotten bad. You know what I mean? Nothing surprises me at this point,” Borelli said.
And he said he chooses to take incidents like this as a learning lesson.
“If there’s a couple of, like, sketchy looking people, I’m going to make sure to lock my car either way, you know what I mean? I’ve always kind of observed my surroundings,” Borelli said.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said they will release the suspect’s name once he is booked into the main jail.
Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to the shooting to please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 916-874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-4357. Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com or by calling 916-874-8477.