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OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING:  March 18, 2018

 

SUMMARY

On Sunday, March 18, 2018, at 9:13 p.m., officers from the Sacramento Police Department (SPD) were dispatched to the 7500 block of 29th Street regarding a subject breaking into vehicles. The caller stated that the male subject had broken car windows and was now hiding in a backyard. The caller described the subject as a male, 6’, thin, wearing a black hoodie and dark pants. SPD Officers arrived on scene at approximately 9:18 p.m. This incident resulted in an officer-involved shooting.

Due to the severity of the event, Detectives conducted a thorough canvas of the neighborhood. During the canvas, investigators identified at least three vehicles with damage believed to have been caused by the suspect. In addition, an adjacent and occupied residence had a sliding glass door shattered. Orbiting deputies in the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department’s law enforcement helicopter had witnessed the suspect shatter the door and run from one property and jumped the fence into another property where the shooting occurred.

Prior to the shooting, the involved officers saw the suspect facing them, advance forward with his arms extended, and holding an object in his hands. At the time of the shooting, the officers believed the suspect was pointing a firearm at them. After an exhaustive search, scene investigators did not locate any firearms. The only items found near the suspect was a cell phone.

The Sacramento Police Department (SPD) recognizes the significance of this incident and the impact it has on our community. We are committed to providing timely information and communicating openly with our community.

Click Here to review a timeline listing investigative benchmarks related to this incident.

PRESS RELEASES

 

VIDEOS

On March 21, 2018, the Department released video and audio material related to this incident. The material consists of two (2) body-worn camera videos, one (1) video from the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department’s helicopter (STAR) and two (2) audio files. The two (2) body-worn camera videos begin as the officers arrive on scene. The helicopter video footage begins with the suspect running from a backyard and jumping over a fence into the property where the shooting occurred. One audio file consists of the 9-1-1 call that our Communication Center received regarding the incident. The additional audio file contains dispatch radio traffic related to the event.  

On April 16, 2018, the Department released secondary video and audio material consisting of 23 in-car camera (ICC) videos, 28 body-worn camera (BWC) videos, two 9-1-1 audio files and the remaining video from the Sacramento Sheriff Department's Helicopter (STAR).  The BWC and ICC videos contained in this release depict officers responding to the scene after the officer-involved shooting (OIS) occurred, and their activities upon arrival.  The time frame of this material is from when the officers begin their response to when the Sacramento Fire Department declares Mr. Clark deceased.  The helicopter footage begins at the end-point of the previous release to the end of the footage.  The audio files consist of two 9-1-1- transfer calls from the California Highway Patrol.

On September 26, 2019, the Department released additional audio and video material relating to, or utilized during, our Internal Affairs investigation into this officer-involved shooting in accordance with Cal. Pen. Code Sections 832.7 and 832.8. As these materials were specifically utilized or created throughout the Internal Affairs investigation, they have been collected and released as a separate playlist. This release included audio material consisting of one (1) recording of dispatch radio traffic and six (6) recordings of Internal Affairs interviews. This release also included video materials consisting of one (1) video of helicopter footage from STAR, four (4) videos from Homicide interviews, and seven (7) BWC videos from Sacramento Police Department Officers.

All video and audio being released have been redacted to ensure the confidentiality and privacy of those involved. The faces and/or identifying materials have been blurred, and audio redactions are signified by muted audio with no accompanying sound. 

This incident falls under the City Council policy on Police Use of Force.  The Police Department is releasing this material to provide information quickly to our community.

The material is now available to the media and citizens through the YouTube links below which will also be posted on the Department’s Facebook page and Twitter account (@sacpolice).

 

Sacramento County Coroner autopsy Report

The Sacramento County Coroner autopsy report and an independent review of the autopsy report is now available through our Department's social media accounts as well as through the links below:

STATUS

On February 12, 2019, The Sacramento Police Department conducted its Preliminary Review into this incident. The Preliminary Review is an initial high-level review of the incident to evaluate our organizational performance in any significant event.  Please Click Here to review this record.

The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office concluded its investigation and released its findings on March 02, 2019. To review the District Attorney’s findings, please Click Here.

To review our Department’s response to the District Attorney’s findings, please refer to our March 02, 2019 Press Release, which is also posted above.

The State of California Department of Justice concluded its investigation and released its findings on March 05, 2019. To review the State of California Department of Justice’s findings, please Click Here.

To review our Department’s response to the State of California Department of Justice’s findings, please refer to our March 05, 2019 Press Release, which is also posted above.

On June 11, 2019 the Sacramento Police Department conducted its Final Policy Review covering the specific use of force from this incident. Please Click Here to review the findings and recommendations from this meeting.

The U.S. Attorney and FBI concluded its investigation and released its findings on September 26, 2019. Click Here to review their findings.

To review the findings of our Department’s administrative investigation, please refer to our September 26, 2019 Press Release, which is also posted above.

RELEASE OF INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS AND RECORDS – SENATE BILL 1421

In accordance with Sections 832.7 and 832.8 of the California Penal Code, as amended by California Senate Bill 1421 (SB1421), investigative and administrative records, including specified peace officer personnel records, subject to necessary and appropriate redactions or exemptions, will be linked below as they are made available.

To review our Department’s approach to the investigation and reporting of officer involved shootings and for more information regarding SB1421 please Click Here.

Please continue to refer to this page to access Sacramento Police Department records as they are prepared for public disclosure. Records currently prepared for disclosure are available below. Please be advised, these records may contain graphic images and/or profane language. Discretion is advised.

POLICE REPORT(S)

The report provided below contains all digital entries and copies of all physical attachments.

Crime Report:

Police Report 18-82449 (17.4 MB PDF)

March 21, 2018 (Initial Release of Audio/Videos)

April 16, 2018 (Secondary Release of Audio/Videos)

Internal Affairs Investigation 2019-095:

Binder 1 - Summary and Interview Transcriptions (137 MB PDF)

Binder 2 - Police CAD and Crime Reports (48.4 MB PDF)

Binder 3 - Investigative Log and Reference Materials (102 MB PDF)

Aerial photo referenced in interviews (105 KB JPEG)

Map shown during Interviews (2183 KB PDF)

Training Materials - First Aid CPR (188 MB PowerPoint)

Training Materials - Sacramento PD Body Cam (55.5 MB PowerPoint)

Officer Training Records and Certificates (13 MB PDF)

September 26, 2019 (Internal Affairs Investigation Release of Audio/Videos)

 

COMPUTER AIDED DISPATCH (CAD) CALL LOG(S) 

Please click on the links provided below to access the CAD Call(s) related to this investigation. These CAD Calls detail the date, time, description, and the nature of our response for all officers and investigators dispatched to the scene. The records below include the initial call for service, all related calls for service, and all investigative follow-up calls documented by the Sacramento Police Department.

PHOTOS TAKEN BY CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATORS (CSI PHOTOS)

Due the large number and file size of the CSI Photos related to this investigation, these records will be made available via a Dropbox link.

Please Click Here to access the CSI Photos* related to this investigation.

*Please be advised that 116 photos from the scene and all 304 photos from the autopsy have not been included to prevent an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

 INFORMATION RELATING TO ALL RECORDS DISCLOSED, WITHHELD, OR REDACTED

Please note that the records provided do not include records or portions of records that are exempt from disclosure pursuant to applicable law. Without limiting other arguments against disclosure that may exist, the following records or portions of records are specifically prohibited or exempted from disclosure:

  • Records or information, the disclosure of which would reveal or compromise official law enforcement security and investigative procedures. (Cal. Gov. Code § 6254(f));
  • Records or information from separate or prior investigations not independently subject to disclosure (Cal. Pen. Code § 832.7(b)(3));
  • Records or information, that constitutes the personal data or information of an officer or their family members (Cal. Pen. Code §§ 832.7(b)(4) and (b)(5)(A));
  • Records or information, the disclosure of which would compromise the anonymity of complainants or witnesses (Cal. Pen. Code § 832.7(b)(5)(B));
  • Records or information, that constitute confidential medical, financial, or other information, the disclosure of which is specifically prohibited by federal law or would cause an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy (Cal. Pen. Code § 832.7(b)(5)(C));
  • Records or information, the disclosure of which would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. (Cal. Gov. Code §§ 6254(c); see also City of San Jose v. Sup. Ct. (1999) 74 Cal.App.4th 1008);
  • Records or information, the disclosure of which would pose a significant danger to the physical safety of the peace officer, custodial officer, or another person (Cal. Pen. Code § 832.7(b)(5)(D));
  • Records or information, the disclosure of which would reveal personal identifying information, where, on the facts of the particular case, the public interest served by not disclosing the information clearly outweighs the public interest served by disclosure of the information (Cal. Pen. Code § 832.7(b)(6));
  • Records or information wherein the public interest served by not disclosing the record clearly outweighs the public interest served by disclosure (Cal. Gov. Code § 6255(a));
  • Records or information, the disclosure of which is exempted or prohibited pursuant to federal or state law (Cal. Gov. Code § 6254(k); see also Cal. Const. art. 1. Sec. 1; Cal. Gov. Code § 15150 et seq., Cal. Pen. Code §§ 1203.05, 11105 and 13300, Cal. Evid. Code §§ 954 and 1040; Cal. Code Civ. Proc. § 2018.030; Cal. Code Civ. Proc. § 129; HIPPA 45 CFR Part 160 and Subparts A and E of Part 164).