The Sacramento Police Department is investigating a home invasion which resulted in an armed suspect being shot and killed by officers.
On March 15, 2010, at 8:35 p.m., the Police Department responded to the 2000 block of O'Neil Way on a home invasion in progress. The victim was able to call 9-1-1 advising of the ongoing crime and also left the phone line open as the armed suspect tied up the victims and began to search through the residence. The victims were later identified as a 17-year- old female and a 5-year-old male Asian.
Upon arrival, officers detained a 23-year-old male Asian as he was walking away from the area. The subject was later found to be associated with the home invasion.
A sergeant and four officers took position in front of the house. To prevent the suspect from fleeing, an officer and his K9 partner "Bandit" covered the back of the house. The officer and the K9 in the back of the house observed the suspect come out into the backyard. The suspect and the officer exchanged gun fire which resulted in K9 "Bandit" being shot in the chest. The suspect retreated back into the house and then ran out through the front door still armed with a handgun. The suspect failed to follow the officer's commands to drop the weapon and was shot by fours officers positioned at the front of the house.
The victims were found tied up but uninjured inside the residence. The officer transported his K9 partner to an area hospital where he was last diagnosed as being in stable condition.
Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene. Based on the preliminary investigation, it is believed the suspect, a male Asian in his 30's, came to the door and using a ruse gained entry to the house. The suspect produced a gun and tied up the victims. During the crime, it appeared the suspect was communicating with a second accomplice by cell phone. Detectives believe the second accomplice was the male who was detained by officers in the area. It is believed that the suspects are from out of town. It is unknown at this time why the suspects were in Sacramento and why they chose the victim's residence as their target. The investigation is on going and at this time no further details are being provided.
Per department policy, the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave. The officers involved in the shooting have the following tenure with the Sacramento Police Department: 1, 4, 4, 5 and 11 years of service. The Sacramento Police Department is working on this investigation in conjunction with the City's Office of Public Safety Accountability and the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.
The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.