Agent injured a man in a California shootout after Carjack

Rancho Cordova, Calif. (AP) —Sheriff’s agent shot dead and injured a 44-year-old man who allegedly struck a gun and carjacked an SUV during a Christmas Eve shootout in Northern California. Said.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, the man was shot at least once and taken to the hospital in a critical but stable condition. His name was not announced immediately. After being released from the hospital, he is booked in the main prison in Sacramento County for a felony.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s agent involved in the shooting took a paid leave. No agents or civilians have been injured.

The incident began on Christmas Eve at 6 pm when the first Carjack victim sought help. The driver told authorities that he was quitting his job when the armed suspect pointed his gun at him in a parking lot in Rancho Cordoba and demanded a key to the Ford Explorer, the sheriff’s office said. Said in the news release.

Rancho Cordoba police tracked the SUV via GPS to an apartment complex in the unincorporated area of ​​Sacramento County and found the vehicle in the parking lot. According to the sheriff’s office, the man seemed to run out of apartment while his agent was setting boundaries and fired multiple times.

As the man continued to run, his agent counterattacked. According to the sheriff’s office, he shot them back and an agent allegedly trying to carjack another vehicle shot at least one bullet.

The city of Rancho Cordoba is about 100 miles (160 km) northeast of San Francisco.