Suspect Killed in Deputy-Involved Shooting in Herald

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HERALD — A suspect was shot and killed Sunday afternoon in a deputy-involved shooting on the outskirts of Herald.

Multiple residents dialed 911 to report a suspicious person roaming Bennett Road, near Clay Station Road.

“The callers indicated that the subject is known to the area and also known to carry weapons,” said Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tess Deterding.

On Monday, the sheriff’s office reports a caller also believed the man may have been under the influence of drugs.

A single deputy responded to the call and not long after the 19-year sheriff’s office veteran arrived, things turned violent.

“The deputy did come over the air and voice that the suspect was armed with a handgun, or what he voiced as ‘armed with a gun.’ And within a minute of that radio traffic, came on the air and indicated shots fired,” Deterding said.

The suspect was declared dead at the scene, where deputies say a “Glock-style” airsoft gun was also discovered in the man’s waistband.

The deputy was not injured and there is no evidence at this time that the suspect ever opened fire.

It’s still unclear just what led up to the shooting but neighbors said they were relieved no one else was hurt.

“We’re out here in the middle of nowhere and when we get a problem it takes a while to get something happening,” said neighbor Frances Jens. “So you kind of have to be alert of what’s going on in the neighborhood, talk to each other and that’s, basically, all we can do.”

Jens lives on Bennett Road and said she heard the gunshots, which were nothing all that unusual for that rural part of town.

“They’ve been shooting guns all weekend, so I just assumed that the gunshots that I was hearing was part of that,” she told FOX40.

She said at first, she didn’t think anything of it until she saw the patrol cars pull up outside her home.

Sunday night, the very road she lives on became a crime scene as investigators tried to piece together just what happened.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office does not believe that the deputy was wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting.

This story is developing. Stay with FOX40 for more updates.

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