4 California Sheriff’s Deputies Were Injured After a Shooting and Chase With a Rifle-Wielding Suspect

Four Northern California sheriff’s officers were injured, one seriously, during a confrontation early Monday with a suspect who led them on a car chase and opened fire on them several times before dying in an accident, according to officials.

Authorities said the shooting took place shortly after midnight local time near Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. The suspect was killed after wrecking his car, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

“During the pursuit, the suspect stopped, fired shots at the deputies, and continued the pursuit. Deputies returned fire and, ultimately, the suspect crashed the vehicle he was driving,” the sheriff’s office stated in a statement.

The Santa Rosa Police Department is investigating the motivation for the shooting.

According to the sheriff’s office, one of the deputies involved in the incident sustained a head injury and was sent to the hospital in critical but stable condition.

4 California Sheriff's Deputies Were Injured After a Shooting and Chase With a Rifle-Wielding Suspect

Another deputy was shot in the leg, while two others sustained undisclosed hand injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.

The names of the deceased suspect and injured deputies were not immediately published.

Deputy Rob Dillion, a sheriff’s office spokesperson, said Monday afternoon that investigators are looking into several crime scenes.

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Dillion stated that the suspect stopped his car many times during the chase to shoot fire at the pursuing deputies.

Dillion said there are at least two crime sites where detectives are looking for evidence, but there might be three or four across what he characterized as a “wide area.”

Aside from the officer who was wounded in the leg, Dillion said it is unknown how the other deputies were hurt.

“We’re not sure at this point mainly because it could have been glass as bullets struck glass and shattered it or fragments of bullets that were fired at them,” Dillion stated before going on to say of the suspect, “He fired at police more than once.”

The incident began when deputies responded to a complaint of a guy brandishing a firearm in an unincorporated Sonoma County region west of Santa Rosa, according to the sheriff’s office.

When deputies arrived at the location, they discovered the suspect, who got into a car and drove away, sending the deputies on a chase, according to the sheriff’s office.

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The suspect was pronounced dead on the site of the crash. It was unclear whether he died from injuries sustained in the crash or if he was shot by one of the deputies who returned fire.

The Santa Rosa Police Department was tasked with investigating the event after the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office initiated a critical incident protocol for officer-involved shootings.

The sheriff’s department stated that the chase and gunfight were filmed on the deputies’ body-worn cameras.

The tape is expected to be released at some point in accordance with state law, according to the sheriff’s department.

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