Oct 24, 2014 3:30 PM by KCRA
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A sheriff's spokeswoman says an assailant has shot two sheriff's deputies in Northern California after shooting an officer and a bystander in a neighboring county.
Placer County sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin tells The Associated Press that two of her department's deputies were shot by the same assailant who is suspected of shooting a deputy in Sacramento County earlier Friday.
She says a woman who was a passenger in the vehicle with the assailant has been taken into custody.
Sacramento County spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman says the suspect earlier shot a civilian when that person refused to give up the keys to a vehicle.
Bowman said the first deputy was approaching a suspicious occupied vehicle in a parking lot when he was shot.
The condition of the deputies was not immediately known.
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An assailant shot a Sacramento County, California, sheriff's deputy and a bystander, then carjacked two vehicles Friday morning, prompting a manhunt as the assailant fled through residential areas, sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman said.
Bowman said the deputy was approaching a suspicious occupied vehicle in a parking lot when he was shot.
"The person who was inside of the vehicle shot rounds at the officer," she said. She later said that "at least one shot was fired at our deputy, striking him at least one time."
She could not say if the deputy shot back. He was taken to a hospital but Bowman said his condition was not immediately known.
"We're hoping for the best," she said about two hours after the initial shooting.
A second person was then shot when they refused to give up the keys to a vehicle during an attempted carjacking, Bowman said.
The shooting happened around 10:30 a.m. in the commercial Arden Way area of Sacramento near a Motel 6. It prompted a massive response by special weapons teams and other heavily armed law enforcement officers from several agencies.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 30s and Bowman said he was accompanied by a woman. She said he fled to a residential area where he carjacked a vehicle, then later carjacked a second vehicle.
A park ranger reported he saw the suspect and woman changing their clothing in the Carmichael area, a few miles northeast of the site of the initial shooting. Bowman says it is unclear if the woman is a suspect or hostage.
Authorities were seeking a red 2002 Ford F150 extended cab pickup truck with an ice chest in the back.
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