ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) – Some residents of a suburban Sacramento city still were waiting to return to their homes 24 hours after a Friday night shootout between law enforcement agents and a wanted parolee left six officers injured.
Roseville police spokesman Lt. Cal Walstad said that one Roseville police officer with a jaw wound and a federal immigration agent shot in the leg remain hospitalized Saturday in serious condition. Four other Roseville officers injured by shrapnel were treated and released.
The suspect in the violent confrontation that ended after an hours-long standoff is a validated gang member with a criminal record that includes assault and carjacking. Samuel Nathan Duran, 32, was taken to the Placer County jail Saturday after being treated for scrapes and cuts after surrendering just after midnight.
“Last night our community experienced what can happen in any when a violent wanted felon is completely committed to not going back to jail,” said Roseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn at a news conference Saturday.
Duran was being held on a parole violation, but Hahn said he expected multiple charges of attempted murder would be added.
State corrections officials told The Associated Press that Duran has a record stretching back to at least 2002, when he was convicted of possessing a controlled substance. In 2009, he was sentenced to four years for assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and attempted carjacking.
Records show he was paroled last in April, but that the parole was revoked in July.
Officers on another mission recognized Duran when they saw him riding a bike Friday at about 3 p.m., the chief said. They recognized him as being wanted for the parole violation.
A federal immigration agent attempted to chase Duran on foot, but was shot in the leg. Officials said Duran was armed with a handgun but wouldn’t specify the type.
Duran quickly holed up in a nearby house, and a mother and child inside escaped out a side door.
The incident created scenes of panic and chaos in a typically quiet middle class suburb of about 120,000 that is 20 miles northeast of the state capitol. Walstad described multiple shooting sites as the suspect tried to escape a swarm of descending law enforcement agents, and reporters on the scene described hearing several volleys of gunfire.
As officers attempted to capture the suspect before his surrender, helicopters were circling overhead and armored vehicles and other police cars flocked to the area.
At least 15 homes were evacuated, and the area remained a crime scene late Saturday, Walstad said.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice said that agency’s officer was stable and in good spirits after being taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.
Law enforcement officers had been looking for Duran in the area for at least 10 days before finding him on Friday, Walstad said. When they found him, Walstad added, he opened fire, wounding the federal immigration officer, who was on the scene to provide support for the Roseville police.
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