Sacto 9-1-1
January 17, 2012
Parolee shot in struggle with deputy booked on firearm, resisting arrest charges

The man shot during a violent struggle with a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy last weekend has been booked into jail, according to authorities.

Hammett.jpgAfter treatment for his non-life-threatening injuries, 23-year-old Lonnie Hammett, pictured at left, was arrested and booked on suspicion of resisting a peace officer, possession of stolen property, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and violating parole, said sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos.

On Sunday morning, a deputy patrolling the Arden-Arcade area saw two men walking away from a closed county building on Fulton Avenue, Ramos said. As the deputy tried to talk to them, one of them, later identified by authorities as Hammett, punched the deputy and ran, Ramos said.

A juvenile boy who was with Hammett did not run, was questioned later and released.

The deputy gave chase and soon caught the suspect. The pair fell down an embankment and into a creek below, where the suspect continued punching the deputy, Ramos said. The deputy ordered the suspect to stop, but he did not. The deputy tried to push the suspect off of him, but because of the suspect's size, was not able to.

"Due to his position of disadvantage, and the continued violent assault on him by the suspect," Ramos said, the deputy drew his weapon and shot the suspect twice. Both Hammett and the deputy were treated for the injuries.

Crime scene investigators later found a gun in the creek, which has been linked to the suspect, Ramos said.

Hammett, of Sacramento, is being held in lieu of $80,000.

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