RANCHO CORDOVA — A suicidal man shot at officers and deputies Tuesday in Rancho Cordova.
“Calling the cops is what did it.” “You gave me no way out.”
Those words were scrawled on the back of business cards in the wallet of Daniel Bingenheimer, the man Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies say shot at officers from three agencies.
The 33-year-old’s distraught family called 911 around 12:30 p.m. because they felt he was suicidal.
By the time city police got to his Rancho Cordova home, they say he had run off into a plowed-over walnut orchard near Tierra Grande Circle.
“They had like four or five vehicles in the path, three of them down here. And next thing you know we hear a ‘ping’ and I was like, ‘OK, we’ll get up the hill. He’s shooting,’” said a nearby resident.
“A park ranger vehicle was struck by gunfire,” said Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Tess Deterding.
Investigators say Bingenheimer was somewhere out of sight closer to the river on the far side of the orchard when he shot. They couldn’t see him, so they didn’t return fire. No one was hit by the gunfire.
They did call for SWAT and the armored BearCat truck to respond around 90 minutes after they first got the call to help Bingenheimer.
“And some of the officers came down with like their riot gear on anticipating, because no one knows when you say the person has a weapon you don’t know what could be occurring,” the resident recalled.
All of it happened almost one week after Sacramento Officer Tara O’Sullivan was fatally ambushed at the start of a call to help a domestic violence victim.
“This brought up a lot of emotions for people in the law enforcement community, especially hearing that radio traffic,” Deterding said.
After finding Bingenheimer’s wallet and phone in the orchard where he’s accused of facing off with officers, FOX40 went to his home to ask relatives about the notes about police on those business cards and other paperwork that indicated he is or was an ordained minister. People were inside but no one would come to the door.
Today's incident with an unstable suspect shooting at @RanchoCordovaPD and @sacsheriff officers comes almost one week to the day since @SacPolice Officer Tara O'Sullivan was killed during an ambush by a domestic violence suspect. Deputies say the parallels "weigh heavy." @FOX40 pic.twitter.com/CZRNh0nn5d
— Sonseeahray Tonsall (@tonsalltv) June 25, 2019