Police: Officer-involved shooting in Citrus Heights, suspect wounded

Police say that the police officer involved in the shooting is okay, but the suspect has been transported to the hospital. (Sep. 14, 2017)

A suspect was injured during an officer-involved shooting in Citrus Heights Thursday afternoon, according to the Citrus Heights Police Department.

The police officer involved in the shooting was not injured while the suspect is now in critical condition after sustaining a gunshot wound, police said. 

At approximately 3:30 p.m. a Citrus Heights police officer was involved in a vehicle pursuit of a suspect. Prior to the start of the pursuit, a witness told police the car was driving erratically from a parking lot onto a public roadway and in opposing lanes of traffic, police said.

The pursuit abruptly ended in the 7400 block of Summer Avenue when the vehicle police were pursing came to a sudden stop in a residential driveway, according to a witness.  A witness also saw and heard the involved officer yelling commands at the suspect before gunshots rang out, police said.

After the situation ended, the involved officer told other officers shots were fired and the suspect had been hit. Additional officers arrived and confirmed the suspect had sustained a gunshot wound. The suspect was transported to a local hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect is now listed in critical condition, police said.

The suspect was later identified as 50-year-old Steven Roberts of Citrus Heights. Roberts is currently being investigated for felony evading in a motor vehicle and driving under the influence, police said. 

The involved officer was not injured and has been placed on paid administrative leave per department policy. 

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