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Citrus Heights police released additional details on Wednesday about a Nov. 19 officer-involved shooting near the Ranch Motel on Auburn Boulevard, stating that the officer knew the suspect was armed and under the influence of drugs prior to shots being fired.
Although details about what led up to the shooting were not immediately released, police said on Wednesday that the solo officer involved had initiated contact with a man and woman in the Ranch Motel parking lot around 2:45 a.m. Sunday and saw evidence related to the sale of illegal drugs. The officer also observed the man, later identified as 24-year-old Nickolas Russo, “displaying objective signs and symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance.”
A search of Russo was subsequently conducted and “the officer felt what he recognized to be a handgun in Russo’s jacket pocket,” police said. “At that moment, Russo resisted the officer’s efforts and fled on foot.”
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Donations are now being sought through Dec. 19 for the ninth annual Citrus Heights Holiday Referral program, a yearly effort put on by the Citrus Heights Police Department and City of Citrus Heights in partnership with community groups and businesses.
The program seeks to brighten the holidays for families residing in Citrus Heights who have been through a recent hardship or critical event that caused “a significant change in their financial abilities,” police said in a November news release sent to media.
Donations for the 2017 program are accepted from Nov. 21 through Dec. 19 at the Citrus Heights Police Department, located at 6315 Fountain Square Drive. Drop-off hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Local businesses are also invited to place donation bins in their stores…
Citrus Heights police and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred early Sunday morning near the Ranch Motel on Auburn Boulevard, police said in a news release following the incident.
The shooting occurred around 2:45 a.m. on Sunday after a solo officer “made a self-initiated contact” with a man and woman in the motel parking lot and subsequently conducted a search of the man, who was later identified as 24-year-old Nickolas Russo, police said. Russo then “pulled away from the officer and fled on foot,” with the officer pursuing him.
Police confirmed the officer discharged his weapon at the suspect at some point, but said “until additional statements are obtained, it is unknown at this time what transpired between the suspect and the officer during the foot pursuit.” Russo was struck by at least one bullet, but “continued to run from the officer and stopped a short distance later in a nearby parking lot,” police said…
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