Deputy and police K9 killed in shootout

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On the night of January 18, a sheriff’s deputy and police K9 were killed in a violent shootout in Sacramento, California. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office issued a release about the deaths, explaining that the situation began when Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Deputies saw an occupied vehicle in a parking lot near Arden Way and Avondale Avenue that matched the description of a vehicle involved in a burglary series.

The deputies made contact with the lone occupant of the vehicle and determined that he was on “active parole.” The man became uncooperative when deputies attempted to search his vehicle, and drove away. A short pursuit ensued.

The suspect vehicle came to a stop after striking a curb and becoming disabled. The deputies attempted to get the suspect to exit his vehicle, but he refused. The authorities write:

Deputies deployed less-lethal “bean bag” rounds into the suspect vehicle’s back window in an attempt to see inside. A K-9 handler deployed his K-9 into the back window of the vehicle at which time several shots were fired from within the vehicle. Two deputies and the canine were struck by the suspect’s gunfire. Multiple deputies returned fire.

Providing details about the slain deputy and his K9 partner:

Deputy Adam Gibson, a 31-year-old, 6 year veteran of the department, was pronounced deceased at the hospital. A second deputy was stabilized and transported to a trauma center for further treatment. K-9 Riley also died at the scene. K-9 Riley was 5 years old and had been in-service with our office for 3 years.

The suspect was determined to be deceased inside of the vehicle.

The sheriff’s office writes:

Deputy Gibson leaves behind his wife Rachel Gibson, 9-month-old child, his parents Doug and Sandee Gibson and several siblings. Deputy Gibson served in the United States Marine Corps and did two tours in Afghanistan. Since joining the department in 2014 he has worked in corrections, patrol and most recently a canine handler. Deputy Gibson received the Sheriff’s Office Bronze Star for Bravery and a Major Incident Ribbon in 2018.


The wounded deputy is 43 years old, a 13 year veteran of the department and remains hospitalized in serious, but stable condition.

The incident is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Professional Standards Division, which is standard practice for any officer-involved shooting. The Sacramento Police Department Homicide Division will investigate the remainder of the incident. Independent review of the officer-involved shooting will be conducted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and the Inspector General.

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