Sacra­mento po­lice re­lease video of deadly shootout

Ripon Bulletin - - Local/state -

SACRA­MENTO (AP) — Po­lice on Wed­nes­day re­leased graphic video of a shootout that killed a dou­ble­mur­der sus­pect and wounded two of­fi­cers.

Fif­teen videos from po­lice body cam­eras and pa­trol car dash­board cam­eras show Eric Arnold, 41, of Sacra­mento dy­ing in a hail of gun­fire after he came out shoot­ing when po­lice stopped his pickup truck on Sept. 7.

Arnold was wanted for killing his 45-year-old girl­friend and her 17-year-old daugh­ter in the Mead­owview neigh­bor­hood on Sept. 1.

An of­fi­cer spot­ted his black truck and be­gan fol­low­ing it, fi­nally pulling it over on a small res­i­den­tial street in south Sacra­mento. Other pa­trol cars also pulled up.

In the videos, an of­fi­cer be­hind the truck or­ders the driver to shut off the en­gine, put up his hands and drop the ig­ni­tion keys out of the win­dow. The or­der to show his hands is re­peated sev­eral times.

How­ever, less than a minute after the truck stops, the driver steps out, shoot­ing a hand­gun and walk­ing to­ward po­lice be­fore he is shot down in a hail of gun­fire from five po­lice of­fi­cers.

An of­fi­cer swears and says “he fired! he fired!”

An of­fi­cer groans and says “Oh God, I’m hit! I’m hit! I’m hit!”

One video shows an of­fi­cer who had been crouch­ing with his gun drawn be­hind an open pa­trol car door be­ing wounded and fall­ing back­ward as gun­fire shat­ters the win­dow.

Po­lice said the driver fired six times, hit­ting one of­fi­cer in the leg and an­other in his bul­let-proof vest. Both were treated at a hos­pi­tal and re­leased.

The five of­fi­cers fired 36 rounds, hit­ting Arnold 14 times. He died at the scene.

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