What was to be the execution of a narcotics search warrant conducted by Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies on an Orangevale man's home turned fatal Thursday afternoon when shots fired by both sides left one deputy injured and the suspect dead.
The suspect, later identified as Dennis Dean, 33, was contacted by deputies inside his home, according to a statement released by Sheriff's spokesman Jason Ramos. During the investigation, Ramos explained, Dean fled from the 9100-block Kendrick Way home, leading deputies on a short foot pursuit. The subject was caught and detained by deputies, who then returned to the residence with the suspect to continue their investigation.
Around 5:35 p.m. Dean, while inside the home with deputies, was able to retrieve a handgun from somewhere inside the residence.
"He fired several rounds at deputies, striking one of them in the hand," according to a press release.
Three deputies returned fire with their weapons, striking the suspect an unknown number of times. The deputies then retreated out of the residence and called for additional personnel to respond to the scene.
Knowing that the suspect was still inside the residence with a firearm, and unaware of the extent of his injuries, deputies surrounded the residence. Occupants of nearby homes were evacuated. Medical personnel, meanwhile, treated the deputy who was wounded by the suspect’s gunfire, at the scene for a non-life threatening injury.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., a robot device was deployed into the residence in an effort to acquire visual contact with the suspect. Finding him to be inside and unresponsive, a team of officers moved into the residence to detain him and render the scene safe. A tactical medic also went into the residence, and determined that the suspect was deceased.
The Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Professional Standards Division will conduct investigation into this incident. In accordance with Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures, the deputies involved in this shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The deputies involved are all assigned to the Sheriff’s IMPACT Division, and have 12, 17 and 19 years of service with the department, respectively.