A 32-year-old man is expected to survive after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during a shootout with police officers in a residential neighborhood Monday afternoon, according to authorities.
Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong said the man, from Fiji Island, was armed with a nail gun, sledge hammer and a crossbow when he shot the nail gun at other Sacramento police officers. Two officers, fearing for their lives, returned fire, said Leong.
No officers were injured in the shooting that happened just after 6 p.m. at a home on the 3100 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
Leong said a neighbor called 911 around 3 p.m. saying the man, whose name was not released, had been threatening residents in the area, claiming he would shoot them with his crossbow. When officers arrived, the man was nowhere to be found, but when they returned after another call around 6 p.m., Leong said that’s when they found the man who ignored officers’ commands and shot at police.
When the shooting broke out, neighbor Murshawn Johnson was across the street with friends, in front of a store.
“Police just came out of nowhere. The SWAT team. (Then) he starts shooting so we just all fell on the ground. We tried to go back in the store and the man closed the store door and wouldn’t let us in,” Johnson said.
Source: Lesha Ruffin for News10/KXTV