Family of parolee shot by Twin Rivers police officer speaks out

11:12 PM, Oct 28, 2010   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - The family of an unarmed parolee shot three times by a Twin Rivers school district police officer have some big questions.

Authorities said the officer was attempting to stop a suspicious man on a bicycle Thursday around 2 p.m. along Nogales Street and Osmer Lane in Del Paso Heights. The officer tried twice to use a Taser with no luck, then resorted to gunfire.

The man shot, identified by family as 29-year-old Ricardo Sazo, is expected to survive. He was shot in the left hand, left leg, and right shoulder.

Officers said the man wouldn't surrender and verbally challenged the officer.

"When he reached into his back again, that's when the officer, fearing for his safety, drew his service weapon and shot him three times," said William Cho with Twin Rivers police.

Ricardo Sazo, Sr., the suspect's father, said "[officers] were overzealous, they overreacted."

No weapon was found on Sazo.

Cho said Sazo was being treated at UC Davis Medical Center and once released, will be booked into Sacramento County jail facing charges of resisting arrest, violating parole and assaulting a peace officer.

By Suzanne Phan,



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