Manhunt under way after Sacramento sheriff’s deputy killed |

Manhunt under way after Sacramento sheriff’s deputy killed

Law enforcement officials in Western Nevada County were on the lookout today for a suspect driving a white Chevrolet van in connection with the fatal shooting of a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy early this morning.

Damage to a fence near the scene of the shooting led authorities to believe that the van might have front end damage.

The deputy made a traffic stop at 3:27 a.m. near Sloughhouse, a rural area southeast of the state capital.

When dispatchers did not hear from the deputy, a second patrol car investigated and found the wounded officer, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department told The Associated Press.

The deputy was pronounced dead at the University of California Davis Medical Center.

Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness identified the fallen deputy as 38-year-old Jeff Mitchell, a nine-year veteran of the department who had spent the last six years as a deputy.

He had been shot once in the head, McGinness said during a morning news conference.

Officers have received reports of sightings of a white Chevy van fitting the CHP’s description as far away as Davis and Roseville, according to the Sacramento Bee.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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