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Suspected kidnapper sought

Composite drawing of suspect

Composite drawing of suspect

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department is looking for the public’s help in identifying a man believed to be involved in a failed kidnapping in December. A composite sketch of the suspect was released today.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, on December 23 last year, a female juvenile was retrieving items from a vehicle outside of a residence in the 8000 block of Lemas Road, when an unknown male driving a white, early 2000’s 4-door Jeep Cherokee, pulled up and pulled her inside of the vehicle. As the suspect was fleeing the area, the victim was able to jump from the moving vehicle and escape, suffering minor to moderate injuries.

The male is described as a black male adult in his late 20’s, standing approximately 6’1” tall and weighing between 200-210 pounds. At the time of the incident, he had straight hair pulled back and was muscular.   The victim was able to only recently participate with the Sheriff Department’s forensic artist who completed the attached composite drawing of the subject.

Anyone with any information on the identity of the suspect or who may have information that would assist Detectives in this investigation is urged to call the Sacramento Sheriff’s People Crimes Detectives Bureau at (916) 874-5115.

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Arrest made in December murder of teen

Taejuan Jackson  Courtesy Sacramento Sheriff

Taejuan Jackson
Courtesy Sacramento Sheriff

SACRAMENTO, CA – An arrest has been made in the shooting death of 19-year-old Juwan Howard that occurred in December of last year.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Homicide Detectives arrested 19-year-old Taejuan Jackson yesterday in connection with the murder of Howard outside of a convenience store in the 8000 block of Florin Road.

On December 21, 2013, Deputies responded to the convenience store on Florin Road after receiving calls that a man had been shot near the intersection.

When deputies arrived they discovered the teenager, later identified as Howard, with a fatal gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene by fire personnel.

Detectives were able to determine that Howard was with some friends at the convenience store, when a group of males got into a confrontation with the victim and his friends. Shots were fired and Howard was struck in the upper body. He then drove a short distance to the intersection of Florin Road and Franklin Blvd where someone called 911 to request assistance.

Both Jackson and Howard were known to each other.

Taejuan Jackson has been charged with murder and is currently being held without the possibility of bail at the Sacramento County Main Jail.

Pedestrian killed in Rancho Cordova

Police-lightsRANCHO CORDOVA, CA – On Sunday a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle as she was crossing Zinfandel Drive in Rancho Cordova.

According to the Rancho Cordova Police Department today, at around 6:00pm on Sunday, a Rancho Cordova Police Department Traffic Unit responded to multiple calls of a vehicle versus a pedestrian on Zinfandel Drive, north of Frogs Leap Drive.

When officers arrived they discovered a 62-year-old woman, later identified as Sofia Sergievich of Rancho Cordova, lying on the pavement next to a Ford Explorer.

Sacramento County Metro Fire units responded to the scene and treated Sergievich. She was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment, but later died due to the injuries sustained in the collision.

According to witnesses, Serqievich was crossing Zinfandel Drive outside of a marked crosswalk when she was struck by the Ford Explorer. The driver was unable to stop the vehicle in time to avoid a collision. The roadway was wet at the time of the accident.

No parties involved in the collision were suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Truckee plane crash victims identified

Police-lightsTRUCKEE, CA – A woman died and a man was hospitalized in critical condition on Monday after a single-engine plane crash that took place a few miles from the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, Tahoe City area residents, 55-year-old Darla Sue Farnell was killed and 70-year-old Ray Richard Farnell was critically injured after the plane they were flying crashed in a mountainous area south of the Truckee airport.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Oakland Air Traffic Control Center of a possible plane crash three to four miles south by south east of the Truckee Airport. A number of agencies responded to the area including the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, Truckee Police and Fire Departments, North Tahoe Fire, California Highway Patrol and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. The CHP also brought in two helicopters to assist in the search.

Just before noon the CHP H24 helicopter located the crash site about six miles south by south east from the Truckee Airport in the Juniper Creek area of Placer County California. The plane was located in four to five feet of snow, making it difficult to reach by conventional means. Snowmobile teams and two snowcats were already staged in the area and started heading to the crash site from the east and west sides of the mountain.

The team of snowmobiles reached the crash site at approximately 12:50 and discovered survivor Ray Farnell and the body of Darla. Team members provided medical aid to the critically injured Farnell until a snowcat with paramedics arrived.

Investigators from the FAA will begin investigating the crash tomorrow.

Antelope man killed by deputies was carrying replicas

Police-lightsANTELOPE, CA – The man shot and killed early Sunday morning after brandishing weapons and pointing a handgun at deputies was carrying replicas and not real firearms, indicatomg a possible “suicide by cop.”

According to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, investigators believe the original calls to the Sheriff’s Department were likely not related, due to time and distance from where the original gunfire was heard and where Deputies made contact with 41-year-old Ryan Matthew Shannon along Don Julio Boulevard.

According to detectives the assault rifle which Shannon was observed to be carrying and the handgun that he pointed at the Deputies, before being fatally shot, were realistic firearm replicas manufactured for recreational purposes. Both weapons were absent of any obvious physical markings that they were replica weapons.

Detectives also recovered evidence indicating the Shannon wanted to end his life and took direct actions with the Deputies, resulting in his death.

It was just after midnight Sunday when the Sacramento Sheriff’s Communications Center started receiving calls reporting gunshots in the area of 4000 Antelope Road.

Before officers could arrive, more calls started coming in reporting that a man armed with a gun was walking in the area of North Loop Boulevard, near Antelope Road.

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When Deputies arrived they discovered a man, later identified as Shannon, walking on Don Julio Boulevard and carrying what was thought to be an assault rifle just north of Antelope Road.

When deputies confronted Shannon, he refused to drop the weapon and then pulled a handgun and pointed it at officers, which is when deputies opened fire on the suspect.

Shannon was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Man attempts carjacking in Rio Linda

Police-lightsRIO LINDA, CA – A man is behind bars today after unsuccessfully carjacking one car and then hitting the owner of second vehicle he was able to carjack only to crash the car.

According to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol contacted the Sheriff’s Department shortly before 7:30 a.m. today, after they received a call regarding a possible carjacking in the 7000 block of Elder Street.

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As deputies were responding, they received information that a vehicle matching the description of the carjacked vehicle had been involved in a single-vehicle accident at 9th Street and Elverta Road in Rio Linda.

The man was apprehended and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

According to investigators, the suspect broke into a locked vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence on Elder Street. The vehicle owner physically confronted the suspect, who ran away during the altercation.

The suspect broke out the window of a second locked car parked in a nearby driveway, and was in the process of leaving the scene with the car when the owner attempted to stop him. The owner was injured during the incident and transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect fled the scene only to lose control of the stolen vehicle and crash at Elverta Road and 9th Street. He received moderate injuries to his leg.

Woman shot and killed by Citrus Heights police identified

Police-lightsFAIR OAKS, CA – The woman who was shot and killed after leading Citrus Heights Police on a vehicle pursuit and then tried to ram their vehicles has been identified.

According to the Sacramento County Coroner’s website, 22-year-old Gabriella Monique Nevarez of Citrus Heights, was the woman killed in yesterday’s incident.

According to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, Citrus Heights Police Officers were pursuing a stolen vehicle in the 7000 block of Madison Avenue just after 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

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Nevarez led police on a chase reaching speeds in excess of 70 mph and tried to ram police cars at least twice during the pursuit.

During her final attempt to ram a pair of police cars, Nevarez was shot and killed by officers. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to several news reports, this may have been the result of a family argument that went terribly wrong. According to sources, Nevarez had gotten into an argument with her grandmother and drove away in her grandmother’s vehicle. It appears the grandmother may have reported the vehicle as stolen.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is heading the investigation.

Antelope man identified in officer involved shooting

Police-lightsANTELOPE, CA – The man shot and killed by Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputies on Sunday has been identified as 41-year-old Ryan Matthew Shannon of Antelope.

According to the Sacramento Sherriff’s Department, just after midnight Sunday, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Communications Center started receiving calls reporting gunshots in the area of 4000 Antelope Road.

Before officers could arrive, more calls started coming in reporting that a man armed with a gun was walking in the area of North Loop Boulevard, near Antelope Road.

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When Deputies arrived they discovered a man, later identified as Shannon, walking on Don Julio Boulevard and carrying an assault rifle just north of Antelope Road.

When deputies confronted Shannon, he refused to drop the weapon and then pulled a handgun and pointed it at officers, which is when deputies opened fire on the suspect.

Shannon was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators are still trying to determine the motive of Shannon. There were no other reports of injuries during the incident.

Due to the officer-involved shooting, the investigation is being conducted by the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Professional Standards Division. The deputies involved in the shooting are a nine year veteran of the department and the other is a thirteen year veteran of the Department. Both are currently assigned to Field and Investigative Services have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Woman killed during police pursuit in Citrus Heights

Police-lightsCITRUS HEIGHTS, CA – A woman was shot and killed by Citrus Heights police after trying to ram two police cars.

READ: Woman killed in police pursuit identified

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Citrus Heights police were pursuing a stolen vehicle in the 7000 block of Madison Avenue just after 11:30 a.m. this morning.

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The unidentified woman, who is believed to have been in her twenties, led police on a chase reaching speeds in excess of 70 mph and tried to ram police cars at least twice during the pursuit.

During one attempt two officers opened fire on the woman. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is heading the investigation.

Officer-involved shooting in Antelope leaves 1 dead

Police-lightsANTELOPE, CA – Officers responding to shots fired in Antelope early this morning, shot and killed a man after he pulled a gun on officers.

READ: Antelope man identified in officer-involved shooting

According to the Sacramento Sherriff’s Department, just after midnight Sunday the Sacramento Sheriff’s Communications Center started receiving calls reporting gunshots in area of 4000 Antelope Road. Before officers could arrive, more calls started coming in reporting that a man armed with a gun was walking in the area of North Loop Boulevard, near Antelope Road.

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When Deputies arrived they discovered a man in his late 20’s walking on Don Julio Boulevard and carrying an assault rifle just north of Antelope Road.

When deputies confronted the suspect, he refused to drop the weapon and then pulled a handgun and pointed it at officers, which is when a deputy opened fire on the suspect.

The man was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators are still trying to determine the motive of the armed suspect.  There were no other reports of injuries during the incident.

Due to the officer-involved shooting, the investigation is being conducted by the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Professional Standards Division. The deputies involved in the shooting are a nine year veteran of the department and the other is a thirteen year veteran of the Department. Both are currently assigned to Field and Investigative Services have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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