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VIDEO: Gunman Dances In Road Before Starting Gunfight With Sacramento Police

Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento Police Department released dashcam and bodycam video of a police officer’s Lemon Hill gun battle with 19-year-old Jacob Armada (video below).

The incident occurred at about 9 a.m. on Nov. 28 when officers responded to the 6200-block of Lemon Hill Avenue for multiple reports of a man brandishing a firearm, according to a press release from the Sacramento Police Department.

Dashcam video filmed by another driver showed the suspect in the middle of the street pointing a gun at a vehicle that was rapidly backing away from him.

Then the suspect stood in the middle of the road and did a dance directed at the fleeing vehicle.

When the first officer arrived on the scene, witnesses pointed them to Armada, who had just gone to an apartment in the complex, the video showed.

The officers saw Armada head up a staircase to the second floor of the building and ordered him to stop, the police department said.

Videos showed that Armada ignored the officers’ commands and turned and pointed a handgun at an officer and started shooting.

Police said the officer returned fire but Armada wasn’t hit, and after a brief gunfight, he fled the immediate area.

Sacramento police said in their press release that one officer was grazed by gunfire.

The investigation showed that a round fired by Armada pierced the officer’s uniform pants and almost struck his leg, according to the press release.

Sacramento police officials said that officer was the only member of law enforcement who discharged a weapon at the scene.

A perimeter was established around the area and officers and deputies from multiple jurisdictions responded to the scene to assist with what turned into a more than eight-hour manhunt for Armada, according to the police department’s press release.

The Crisis Negotiation Team responded to the scene and attempted to negotiate Armada’s surrender, but when multiple attempts to reach a resolution failed, police sent in a K9 to apprehend him.

Officers recovered Armada’s gun not far from where he was arrested, according to Sacramento police.

He was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries he got from the police dog when he was apprehended.

Sacramento police said officers booked Armada into the Sacramento County Main Jail on charges of attempted murder of police officers, assaulting a police K9, assault with a deadly weapon, and resisting arrest.

The Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide Unit, Internal Affairs Division, and Professional Standards Unit are conducting investigations into the incident, according to the press release.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content:

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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