Police arrest suspect in Twin Rivers officer shooting

11:30 PM, Oct 22, 2011   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Police arrested Tyrone Smith, the man suspected of shooting a Twin Rivers police officer multiple times on Saturday around 2:25 p.m.

According to Sacramento Police spokesman Andrew Pettit, Smith was later found and arrested on the 3500 block of Branch Street in Sacramento around 11:15 p.m

Pettit said the 25-year-old male police officer tried to pull over the suspect in a white SUV near Grant High School. The suspect fled the area in his SUV, leading the officer on a car chase.

Near Roanoke and Branch Street, the suspect jumped out of the car and fled on foot. Pettit said the officer chased the suspect on foot.

At some point during the foot chase, the suspect shot the officer several times.

The officer, who has only been with the department for a year and a half, was taken to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment. The officer had to have surgery, where he was stabilized. Around 7 p.m., the officer was moved from the OR to the ICU, Twin Rivers Police Chief Christopher Breck said,

Breck said trauma surgeons are optimistic about chances for a full recovery. Breck would not elaborate on the nature of the gunshot wounds.

Twin Rivers police spokesperson William Cho said one shot penetrated the officer's abdomen, but missed all vital organs. The mood at the hospital is much lighter now, than it was when the officer was first admitted into the hospital.

Cho said the quick response of a nearby Sacramento City fire crew and the officer's vest possibly saved his life.

Earlier, police blocked off a five to 10 block radius to search for the suspect near Grand Avenue and Branch Street. Around 6 p.m., police raided a home on Branch Street, and then cleared it after they did not find the suspect.

Sacramento police, Sacramento County sheriff's deputies, Twin Rivers police, Roseville police, California Highway Patrol, K9 Units and helicopters aided in the search for the suspect.


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