California sheriff's deputy, suspect dead following shootout
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California sheriff's MP was killed and another MP was wounded in a gunfight with a suspect who gunned a K-9 dog before he was fatally shot.
The gunfight broke out in Sacramento near a race track at the Cal Expo venue after a vehicle was tracked late Monday, said Scott Jones, Sacramento County's sheriff.
The late MP was identified as Adam Gibson, a six-year veteran of the department, Jones said. "He's leaving a wife and a toddler," said the sheriff.
The injured MP is in stable condition, Jones said.
Jones said the suspect was a man in his forties but did not publish his name
He was identified as Robert Stephen Calderon on Tuesday by his mother, Jenny Calderon, who spoke to the Sacramento Bee. According to his family and court, he has had a history of criminal activity, drug use and mental illness.
Calderon said her son had used drugs in the past and "I think he was bipolar."
"He saw people coming out of the walls," she said. “They would come and abuse him. And he was mad at me because he thought I would let her into his room. "
Calderon said that was what made him get a gun, and she had no idea how to get it.
"I told him to get rid of it, I told him you need to get help and you need to get rid of this gun," she said.
The chase and shooting followed an attempted traffic stop, Jones said, and the driver crashed in the Cal Expo grounds.
“One of the K-9 officers deployed a K-9 dog up to the vehicle to try to get the suspect out of the vehicle. The suspect immediately shot the K-9 unit and immediately started shooting the officers, ”said Jones.
It was not immediately known what caused the attempted traffic stop.
The Sacramento Police Department plans to conduct the investigation, Jones said.
Governor Gavin Newsom expressed his condolences to the family of the murdered MP.
"Deputy Gibson will be forever remembered for his selfless sacrifice and commitment to providing safety to the Sacramento community," Newsom said in a statement.
Calderon's family described him as a former truck driver and house worker who loved animals and had a little pug named Max. They said he was frequently homeless and lived in a Chevrolet Suburban. He often parks it in front of the used clothing store, where the MPs contacted him on Monday evening.
According to court records, Calderon drove in and out of custody for decades.
He had a total of nine Sacramento County criminal and misdemeanor cases in 1993, according to Supreme Court records. The cases generally involve drugs and stolen vehicles. His most recent local crime, a crime, came in 2012. He was sentenced to 16 months in prison for vehicle theft.
Jenny Calderon broke down several times talking about her son and what he had done. In her apartment, Calderon said that she not only mourned her son, but above all the fallen deputy and his family.
"I'm glad he's dead because if he knew what he did to this deputy family, he wouldn't be able to live with himself," she said.
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