Multiple 911 calls led a sheriff deputy to the quiet town of Herald Sunday, Oct. 6, reporting of a suspicious Hispanic or black man in his 30s-40s, possibly under the influence.

A caller, whose call was logged at approximately 2:15 p.m., indicated that the male was sitting in front of the caller’s property on the 13600 block of Bennett Road and indicated the suspect was known to carry weapons.

Locating the suspect, a 19-year sheriff veteran responded to the calls, arriving on scene at approximately 2:30 p.m.

According to the deputy’s testimony, the suspect was lying in a ditch and appeared non-responsive upon first contact. The suspect awoke and began talking with the deputy. During the conversation, the deputy observed a handgun in the suspect’s waistband and immediately began giving the suspect verbal commands.

According to Sheriff’s spokesperson, Sergeant Tess Deterding, that’s when things turned from bad to worse.

“The deputy observed the suspect reach for the handgun in his waistband,” Deterding said. “Fearing he would be shot by the suspect, the deputy fired his weapon, striking the suspect.”

The handgun, seen by the deputy in the suspect’s waistband, was determined to be a Glock style airsoft gun.

The suspect, identified as a 55-year-old male from Herald, was declared deceased at the scene.

The investigation into the incident will be conducted by the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Professional Standards Division, which is standard practice for any officer-involved shooting that occurs in the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction.

An independent review of the incident will be conducted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

In accordance with the Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, the deputy involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.