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Officer-Involved Shooting:  September 18, 2017



On Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7:04 p.m., the Sacramento Police Department received a call for assistance at a residence on the 7600 block of Bellini Way.  Bail Bond agents were attempting to serve a warrant on a wanted subject when they observed the suspect enter the residence.  

The bail agents made entry into the residence and located the suspect in one of the rooms armed with a handgun.  They informed officers on scene that the suspect was armed and held up in a bathroom. 

A Police Sergeant and K9 officer entered the residence and began talking with the suspect trying to convince him to safely surrender.  At one point, the suspect fired his weapon in an unknown direction while held up in the bathroom.  

After several minutes of dialogue, the suspect opened the door of the bathroom and could be seen by officers holding a handgun and manipulating it with both hands.  Multiple commands were given throughout the incident for the suspect to drop the gun and surrender.  

During the incident, the suspect refused to comply with the officer’s commands and displayed the gun in the direction of the officers.  17-year veteran, K9 officer John Harshbarger fired his weapon 4 times striking the suspect, 30-year old, Kristopher Velez several times.  Shortly thereafter, the Sacramento Fire Department arrived on scene and transported the suspect to a local area hospital.  Velez has since been released from the hospital.

This investigation remains active so certain details will not be released due to the on-going administrative review and criminal investigation.  This incident continues to be investigated by the Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide Unit and will be monitored by the Internal Affairs Division and investigators from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. The Office of Public Safety Accountability will have full unvetted access to material throughout the investigative process.  


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suspect gun

Suspect's gun 


On October 18, 2017, the Department released a total of (12) videos consisting of (7) Body Worn (BWC) and (5) In-Car Camera (ICC) videos.  It also released dispatch audio files and radio traffic from officers during the incident.  

All video and audio files released have been redacted to ensure the confidentiality and privacy of those involved.  The faces have been blurred, as outlined by the City Council policy.  Audio redactions are signified by muted audio with no accompanying sound.  

These videos may contain graphic images and/or profane language. Disclaimer: Personal information (names, addresses, phone numbers, identities ETC.) have been redacted in the audio/video clips to protect the privacy of those involved.


Once the investigation is complete, it will be submitted to the Sacramento District Attorney for review.

Documents from 2017-269334 (PDF 195 KB)