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Amador County Sheriff Department Reports Officer Involved Shooting; Jackson Man Shot After Threateni

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slide5 The Sheriff’s Office has released the press release regarding yesterday’s Officer involved shooting. Yesterday around 2:37pm pm the Amador County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a male suspect at 15732 Butte Mountain Road in Jackson. According to the press release the suspect stated he had a firearm and was going to kill his family. The caller refused to provide any other details and terminated the call.  The Sheriff’s Department responded to the address in force while a 911 Dispatcher attempted to re-contact the caller.


slide11The 911 Dispatcher spoke with a female who reported that her husband had been drinking alcohol, was in possession of a handgun and had left the residence on foot.  The female stated to the Dispatcher that she had heard the suspect make the threat to the 911 Dispatcher and was afraid for her safety should the suspect return and find her on the telephone.  The female told the Dispatcher that her son and grand daughter were in an adjacent house on the premise.  She also said that the suspect had stated that he wanted law enforcement to kill him.  The suspect was then identified as Stephen Kent Schumann, age 66.

Upon arrival on scene deputies began advancing up the suspects’ driveway.  Approximately 100 yards from the residence they encountered the suspect in jeans and a denim shirt that in the driveway armed with a handgun. Schumann, after looking like he was going to return to one of the two residences located on the property, turned and toward the deputies. The Schumann refused numerous commands to relinquish the firearm, and yelled that he wanted the deputies to shoot him.  He subsequently brandished the firearm at deputies and as a deputy fired a patrol rifle at the suspect, the suspect fired multiple rounds at deputies. The suspect was struck by two rounds one in the abdomen and another in the hip.

slide12 None of the deputies were struck by the Schumann’s gunfire.  According to the press release, the suspect remained combative even after being handcuffed. The suspect was transported to Sutter Amador Hospital by American legion Ambulance for medical treatment and was subsequently air lifted to Sutter Roseville Hospital, where the Sheriff’s Office states that he was last listed in stable condition.  Amador County Sheriff Martin Ryan requested the California Department of Justice conduct an independent criminal investigation relative to the incident.  The Amador County Sheriff’s Office will conduct an administrative review.  As a matter of protocol the involved deputies have been placed on Administrative Leave pending preliminary investigative findings. 

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