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Search for armed man shuts down I-80 btwn. West Sac. & Davis

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - A shooting at a West Sacramento business turned into an extensive police pursuit and search for an armed man suspected of shooting at police officers  Friday morning.

According to West Sacramento police reports, three employees were shot at when they walked in on at least one intruder at B&R Head and Block Repair on Harbor Boulevard around 6 a.m. 

PHOTOS: West Sac. police search for shooting suspect

The employees said they called out to the shadowy figure, "Who's there?" and the individual shot at them three times.  They took cover behind a piece of machinery then ran for the exit.  While fleeing the building, the employees said they were shot at again.  All three managed to escape the building uninjured.

Wanted man arrested in West Sacramento

WEST SACRAMENTO - An alert West Sacramento police officer helped capture a wanted fugitive in the area of Riverbank Rd. and Yolo St. on Monday morning.

According to West Sacramento Police on scene, an officer saw an individual he thought he recognized as a wanted man in a car at an apartment complex. When the officer turned on his police lights, the man turned off his vehicle lights, pulled out of the apartment driveway and fled.

The officer and several other police vehicles pursued the man reaching speeds as high as 60 miles per hour before the fleeing driver lost control of his vehicle, crashed, and fled on foot, said police.

West Sacramento police officers and K-9 units searched the area briefly before locating the man in the backyard of a home.

The individual was arrested and upon further investigation, determined to indeed be a wanted fugitive. However, the man was not the fugitive the officer had originally suspected, according to police.

CAIR Seeks Bias Probe of West Sacramento Mosque Vandalism

CAIR Seeks Bias Probe of West Sacramento Mosque Vandalism

SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) called on the FBI and local law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism targeting a West Sacramento mosque.
Vandals reportedly threw three rocks through a window of the almost-completed Masjid Aisha (formerly the West Sacramento Islamic Community
Center) on Friday night as two Board Members prayed inside.
"Whenever a house of worship is targeted in this manner, the possibility of a bias motive must be considered," said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra.
In 2009, vandals broke into the back door of the previous mosque on the site and damaged religious wall hangings and a bookshelf that held Qurans. The vandals also stole items from the mosque.


Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations - Sacramento Valley

Bystander injured in West Sacramento drive-by shooting

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - An innocent bystander was wounded as occupants in two vehicles exchanged gunshots Thursday evening.

A man in his 40s leaving the Trinity Presbyterian Church Food Pantry on Westacre Road and Park Boulevard was shot in the face when people in two different cars shot at each other, West Sacramento Police Chief Dan Drummond said.

"Muzzle flashes were seen coming out of that vehicle, so that's how, at this point, we've established that there was an exchange of fire," Drummond said.

One man described seeing the two vehicles running through an intersection as he prepared to pull out.

"And they're already popping off shots so I didn't even proceed into the intersection, I just got down. I thought I left all this back in Afghanistan," said eyewitness Chris Baur.

Witnesses said they saw a Nissan pickup with chrome rims and a dark gray Dodge Durango-type SUV that was possibly lowered.

West Sacramento Police Department to launch an innovative Smartphone App

West Sacramento Police Department to launch an innovative Smartphone App

The West Sacramento Police Department is proud to announce the launch of its newest Community Oriented Policing and Crime Fighting tool in the form of a Smartphone App for your Android or iPhone.

The Police Department will be conducting a live launch of this first of its kind technology for Law Enforcement in the Sacramento Region.

We would like to invite members of the public, media and law enforcement to come witness the launch and asks questions about this new and innovative tool. In addition we will be showcasing and explaining the numerous forms of Social Media utilized by the Police Departments as a Community Oriented Policing tool.

Date: Monday March 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Please come join us at the West Sacramento Community Center located at 1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento, Ca 95691 in the Community Room.

Real-time stolen bank card use tracking results in arrests

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - Bank card use tracking led to Yolo County sheriff's deputies quickly finding and taking into custody two burglary suspects Tuesday.

Sgt. Lance Faille said at the same time a deputy responded to an auto burglary call in the area of the Sacramento weir, the victim received a text from her bank that her ATM card was being used at a Shell gas station in West Sacramento. Another deputy went to that location on West Capitol Road, just missing the suspected  thieves but learning they may have been in a white vehicle.

Moments later, Faille said the victim received another text saying her card was being used at an O'Reilly Auto Parts store just down the street from the gas station. The deputy went there and asked the store clerk to point out the customer who had used the card. At that point, the customer, a woman, ran to the back seat of a car where a man sat. The driver of the car got out and ran, Faille said.

3 found guilty of brutal attacks in Lowe's parking lot

WOODLAND, CA - Three Norteno gang members face the possibility of life in state prison after being convicted in attacks on three people in a Lowe's parking lot.

Jose Antonio Duran, 20; Salvador Benjamin Vasquez Jr., 20; and Joseph Vincent Sisneros, 21, all of Sacramento, were accused of beating and robbing a person eating his dinner in his car in the lot of a West Sacramento Lowe's on April 19, 2010. The beating caused fractures in the victim's face and his wallet, iPod and keys were taken, according to court records.