CALIFORNIA- While attempting to locate a suspect’s in relation to a burglary, deputies noticed an occupied vehicle that matched the description of the suspect’s. The deputies made contact and identified the suspect who was on parole when the suspect fled.
After a short pursuit, the suspect’s vehicle hit a curb disabling the vehicle. Deputies gave numerous commands advising the suspect to exit the vehicle. The suspect continued to be uncooperative and deputies deployed bean-bag rounds as a less-lethal option. A K-9 was then deployed into the back window of the vehicle and several shots were fired from inside the car. The K-9 Officer and two deputies were struck by the gunfire; the wounded officers were taken to a hospital. Deputy Adam Gibson succumbed to his injuries. The other deputy remains at the hospital in stabilized condition. The K-9 Officer, Riley, died at the scene and had been with the agency for three years.
Deputy Gibson was 31-years-old, and had been with the department for six years. Prior to his career in law enforcement he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, completing two tours in Afghanistan. While serving with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, he received a Sheriff’s Office Bronze Star for Bravery as well as a Major Incident Ribbon.
Source: Sacramento County Sheriff's Office