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West Sac police fire shots at fleeing suspect

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 26, 2014 —

A West Sacramento Police Officer fired shots at a suspect he believed was trying to ram the officer’s motorcycle during a carjacking and a police chase this morning. The suspect wasn’t hit by the gunfire, but was arrested.

A carjacking victim went to the hospital for treatment.

The events started to unfold at 11:33 am. at 3065 West Capitol Avenue — the site of a shopping center and parking lot, at the corner of Harbor Boulevard — when someone reported a shooting. Police received a report that an armed man was running in the area, said Lieutenant Nathan Steele  of the W.S.P.D.

Then, police received reports that the suspect was armed with a screwdriver — and was being chased by witnesses who believed he had been trying to break into a vehicle at the site.

“The suspect assaulted a citizen and carjacked his vehicle as officers were arriving at the scene,” said a statement from Steele. “Officers attempted to stop the suspect in the stolen vehicle, at which time the suspect led officers on a high-speed pursuit.”

“On several occasions during the pursuit, the suspect attempted to strike West Sacramento police officers’ patrol cars with his vehicle. The suspect then attempted to strike a West Sacramento police officer on a motorcycle. The motor officer, fearing for his safety, fired at the suspect and his vehicle. No parties were struck or injured.”

The suspect then crashed the vehicle and fled on foot, before being caught without further incident, reported Steele.  The chase concluded on Evergreen Avenue, he told the News-Ledger.

The man was identified as 37-year old Thomas Brewer of Sacramento. He faces “numerous” felony charges,” said Steele.

The motorcycle officer who fired the shots was placed on routine paid leave while the incident is investigated by the police department and Yolo County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Eric Palmer, (916) 617-4935.

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Yolo deputy fires at suspect accused of pointing a gun, trying to run him down

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JAN 6, 2014 —

A man is in custody after an incident Sunday evening in which he allegedly fled from an attempted traffic stop, then pointed a gun at a sheriff’s deputy and rammed his patrol car.

According to Yolo County spokesman Mark Persons, the events unfolded last night after a Yolo sheriff’s deputy (whose name wasn’t provided) tried to stop the suspect’s car northbound on I-5 in Woodland, after witnessing it violate traffic laws.

“The vehicle not only failed to stop, (the driver) accelerated to speeds of more than 110 m.p.h., weaving dangerously in and out of traffic while driving with a a willful disregard for the safety of the vehicles around him,” said Persons in a press release.

The deputy pursued the suspect until losing sight of him south of Dunnigan. But he soon spotted the vehicle again as it made a U-turn on County Road 8, west of I-5. The deputy again activated his lights.

“After making the U-turn, the suspect vehicle drove toward the deputy’s vehicle while the suspect was pointing a gun at the deputy,” Persons stated. “The suspect than rammed the deputy’s vehicle on the right front side before continuing eastbound on County Road 8. Believing the suspect presented imminent danger to the public, the deputy fired two rounds, striking the suspect vehicle.”

The suspect abandoned the vehicle behind a truck stop and jumped a fence onto I-5. He was spotted by a California Highway Patrol officer, and two CHP officers detained him at gunpoint before the deputy took custody. The suspect was not injured.

A handgun believed to belong to the suspect was found “along the route between where the suspect abandoned his vehicle and where he was located by CHP,” said Persons.

The arrested man was identified as John August Scrhoiff, a 28-year old transient.

He’s been charged with assault with a deadly weapon likely to cause great bodily injury,assault with a firearm on a peace officer, being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, and evading a peace officer.

Bail was set at $280,000, and Schroiff is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

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Man critically injured after chase: possible self-inflicted gunshot wound

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — DEC 2, 2013 —

West Sacramento police report that a local man may have shot himself in the head after a police pursuit yesterday morning. Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department said the incident started when an officer tried to pull over a 1980 Chevrolet pickup truck for a vehicle code violation at about 10:15 p.m. on Sunday.

“The driver fled and a pursuit ensued lasting under three minutes,” said Sockman in a press statement. “The pickup stopped in the 800-block of Beardsley (Drive) and the driver, later identified as Justin Farley, 35 year old, from West Sacramento, ran into a residence with a possible gun in his hand.  The residence turned out to be Farley’s home.  A short time later another resident ran out of the house and stated Farley had shot himself.  Officers entered the residence to find Farley with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.”

Farley underwent surgery for “life-threatening” injuries, Sockman said.

“A semi-auto handgun was recovered from the scene,” he added. “Investigators from the West Sacramento Police Department and the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office responded to conduct the investigation. ”

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Pedestrian killed by police car

WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — AUG 5, 2012 —

A police chase resulted in a patrol car striking and killing a pedestrian in West Sacramento last night.

According to a press release from Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department:

“On September 04, 2012 at approximately 8:30 PM an officer was in pursuit of a stolen vehicle. Another officer activated his emergency lights and siren to respond and assist. While en route to assist, that officer struck a pedestrian near West Capitol Avenue and Pine Street who was walking in the roadway. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased on scene.”

[adrotate group=”9″]”California Highway Patrol investigated the fatal accident,” Sockman continued. “The suspect in the pursuit, a 17 year old male juvenile from West Sacramento, collided with a parked vehicle near the 1900 block of Maryland Avenue and fled on foot. He was detained by a citizen until officers arrived on scene and arrested him. The driver of the stolen vehicle will be booked at the Yolo County Juvenile Hall on felony stolen vehicle charges and murder resulting from the death of the pedestrian.”

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Felony suspect caught after chase

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 27, 2012 —

Just after going to press with tomorrow’s News-Ledger, we learned that there’s an update to one of this week’s news stories.

Last Wednesday, West Sacramento police asked for help from the public catching a man who was seen in a stolen F-150 pickup truck, and then led them on a brief chase including a stint going the wrong way on a freeway, a car accident and a foot chase (you can see that story here.)

Last night, they think they caught him. The story involves another stolen white Ford F150 pickup, another brief car chase and another foot chase.

Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department told the News-Ledger today that things started last night on West Capitol Avenue.

“Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m., one of our officers located a stolen F-150 white pickup. He attempted a vehicle stop. There was a brief chase.”

When the chase reached Enterprise and Industrial boulevards, the officer used a “pursuit intervention technique” or “PIT” when speeds were deemed slow enough.

[adrotate group=”9″] “At low speeds, a patrol vehicle attempts to tap the rear end of the (suspect) vehicle and cause it to spin out,” explained Steele. “The vehicle spun out. The driver fled on foot, but was captured after a brief foot chase.”

In custody is 34 year old Lino Garcia Jr. of the Napa/Solano area, said Steele.  He is charged with possessing a stolen vehicle and with felony evasion. He also has a felony warrant out of Napa.

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Police looking for felony suspect

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 21, 2012 —

West Sacramento police today are looking for a felony suspect.. The man led them on a chase — which was called off for public safety when the suspect’s pickup went the wrong way on I-80. Then he left the freeway and struck another vehicle. Then the driver “bailed” near Harbor and Glide.

Here’s the police department press release from earlier today:

“On 3-21-12 at approximately 0746 hours the West Sacramento Police attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on White Ford F150 for a vehicle code violation.  The vehicle failed to stop for the police and a short pursuit ensued.  The pursuit which lasted approximately one minute was called off for public safety when the suspect vehicle began traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of Interstate 80.

“A short time after the pursuit was called off the suspect vehicle exited the freeway and lost control striking another vehicle at the intersection of Harbor Blvd and West Capitol Avenue.  There were no injuries reported as a result of the collision.

[adrotate group=”10”]  “The passenger in the vehicle Christina Rangel 30 years old was taken into custody for several felony charges.  The driver of the vehicle fled on foot and was last seen in the 700 block of Glide Avenue.  An extensive search was conducted and the driver was not located.

“The driver has been positively identified as 34 year old Lino Garcia Jr.  He is currently wanted by the West Sacramento Police Department for several felony charges including Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Evading Police.  Mr. Garcia also has a Felony Warrant for his arrest out of Napa County.

“Mr. Garcia was described as a Hispanic male, 5-5, 200 lbs with a shaved head and was wearing all black clothing.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact West Sacramento Police Department Dispatch at 916-375-6474.”

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Teens caught in Southport after chase

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 18, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Seven juveniles believed to have jumped out of a stolen car in Southport were taken into custody Sunday night after an intense search that included a helicopter and K-9 dog teams.

Things started at 11:43 p.m. when a call came in from the Ramada Inn on Halyard Drive in West Sacramento, reported Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department.

“They had a concert at Ramada Inn with over 500 attending,” said Steele. “A fight broke out. Our officers responded to assist security (personnel). One of our officers arrived, and saw a vehicle leave at a high speed. He got behind it, and ran the plates, and it came back stolen.”

[adrotate group=”7″]   Police chased the Ford Explorer to Southport, where it crashed and lost a wheel near Southport Parkway, Otis Avenue and Turlock Street.

“The occupants fled. Numerous outside agencies assisted, including Sacramento P.D., the CHP, and our agency.”

Police dog teams from both Sacramento and West Sacramento came to the scene, as did a Sacramento police helicopter, said Steele.

Three suspects – a 17-year old girl and two 15-year old boys – turned themselves in fairly quickly. Others “were in fields and backyards,” said Steele.

After being warned, police turned loose police dogs to find the other fleeing teens, and took custody of four more – all aged between 15-17, with addresses in Sacramento and Elk Grove. At least two of the hiding suspects were apparently bit by police dogs sent in to get them, said Steele.

“It is believed they are all in custody,” said Steele. “They were taken into custody for possession of stolen property (the car) and resisting arrest.”

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