Carmichael, CA – The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) released surveillance video of a chaotic gunfight that left one gang member dead and a deputy wounded (video below).
The incident began shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the Sun Valley Apartments in the 4700-block of 50th Avenue, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Surveillance video of the parking lot showed that a large group of people, including children, were outside the apartment building when an argument turned into a fight, and then the shooting began.
A man in a red hat was seen kicking another man before he reached into a vehicle and grabbed a gun, the video showed.
Then the video showed that he fired his weapon into the air.
SCSO Spokesman Sergeant Rodney Grassmann said that gunshot instigated “a major gunfight,” the Sacramento Bee reported.
In the video, multiple people drew weapons and began shooting down the parking lot.
Detectives said 55 shots were fired, KOVR reported.
The surveillance video showed nine different people were shooting.
Then the suspect in the red hat carried a child to a silver Kia Soul and fled the scene, the video showed.
Sgt. Grassmann said the Kia was a rental car and detectives tracked it to the Crestview North Apartments near Ranger Way and Rampart Drive, just off Winding Way, at 8:15 p.m., the Sacramento Bee reported.
The sheriff’s department said undercover detectives in two different vehicle stopped the car on Ranger Way, KOVR reported.
SCSO said that detectives attempted to make contact with the two suspects inside the vehicle.
But when they approached the vehicle, the driver opened fire on the deputy on his side of the car, KOVR reported.
The graphic video depiction of the incident released by police showed that as soon as he shot the detective, the driver jumped out of his vehicle with his gun in his hand.
The detective returned fire, KOVR reported.
Then he fell down on his backside on the pavement but stayed in the gunfight, according to SCSO.
A Sacramento County sheriff’s sergeant on the passenger side of the suspect vehicle also opened fire on the gunman, KOVR reported.
The suspect – later identified as 25-year-old Kershawn Geyger – was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials said Geyger was a known gang member who was on parole at the time he opened fire on deputies, KOVR reported.
His passenger in the vehicle was arrested.
The detective who was shot was a 15-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, KOVR reported.
SCSO officials said the detective was transported to the hospital and treated for serious wounds.
None of the Gang Unit deputies involved in the incident were wearing a bodycam, the Sacramento Bee reported.
The sheriff’s department said that the deputies were driving undercover vehicles that didn’t have dashcams, KOVR reported.
However, Sgt. Grassmann said the detective and the sergeant were both wearing tactical uniforms that bore the department’s insignia and badge, the Sacramento Bee reported.
The community erupted with outrage that the deputies involved weren’t wearing bodycams.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said at a press conference that all of the sheriff’s department’s specialty units will be outfitted with bodycams by mid-February, and the rest of the department’s deputies will be fitted for bodyworn cameras in June, the Sacramento Bee reported.
“That doesn’t help us right now… too little, too late,” activist Barry Accius said.
Accius said he thought there was more to the story of what happened, the Sacramento Bee reported.
“This is a police/sheriff’s narrative. And the narrative that we usually get with the sheriff is absolutely wrong, false and it’s dangerous,” he complained. “What they did is they criminalized this young man.”
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content: