Three officers were shot Wednesday near a Sacramento County motel off Capital City Freeway, and at least three people were detained in connection with the shooting, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Two of the officers are with the California Highway Patrol and the other is with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, the CHP confirmed to KCRA. All three officers are alive, but their conditions have not been released.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Auto Theft Task Force was working a stolen vehicle operation about 8 a.m. in the area of Fulton Avenue and Auburn Boulevard when they saw two women get into a stolen vehicle.
Officers followed the vehicle down to Elk Grove, where the two women were detained, according to sheriff’s spokesman Tony Turnbull.
Additional officers went to the Ramada Inn in the 2600 block of Auburn Boulevard to serve a search warrant connected to the auto theft. The officers knocked on the door and announced themselves, when a man inside opened fire, shooting two CHP officers through the door, Turnbull said.
Additional officers were already stationed outside the room at the back of the Ramada Inn. The suspect then fired his high-powered rifle from the balcony of a room, hitting a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy, Turnbull said.
The suspect was able to get out of the motel room by jumping off the balcony and running to a nearby Dodge Challenger. He led officers south on Fulton Avenue to El Camino Avenue, where the suspect crashed the vehicle near Watt Avenue. He then opened fire on officers again at the crash site and was hit by officers’ gunfire, according to Turnbull.
The suspect was detained at the scene, but his condition has not been released.
The scene is still active. Tactical teams are in place and searching the motel for at least two other suspects, Turnbull said. He said officers are working to isolate the threat before completely evacuating the 3-story building.
“This is stuff we come in contact with every day, you know,” Turnbull said. “It’s not war, but this is no different when you have instances like this.”
Officers are not sure if the three suspects are from the area, and don’t have any other information about the suspects.
“We know with a lot of the narrative that’s going on these days that people have reason to shoot at us,” Turnbull said. “Some of the reasons are that they don’t want to go back to jail or they don’t want to go back to prison….