A man who allegedly attempted to rob a CVS pharmacy at gunpoint was shot late this afternoon by a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy when the suspect refused to put down his gun, a sheriff's official said.
Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said the suspect, whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening.
Ramos said deputies responded about 5 p.m. to a report of a robbery in progress at the CVS pharmacy at Marconi and Walnut avenues in Carmichael. The suspect, described as a white man in his 30s, was reported to have a gun.
When deputies arrived, they learned that the man was at the rear of the store with at least one employee and that other employees had taken refuge in an office. Customers and some employees had fled the store without injury.
Deputies went to the rear of the store and spotted the suspect, armed with a gun, in a secure area of the pharmacy, behind a counter and glass window, and within 7 or 8 feet of an employee, Ramos said. After the suspect failed to heed repeated commands from deputies to drop his gun, Ramos said, one deputy fired a shot that struck and disabled the suspect.
No one else was injured.
Ramos said the deputy who fired the shot, a 25-year-veteran of the department, has been placed on administrative leave in keeping with department policy pending investigation of the shooting.
Ramos said it is not known whether the suspect's intent was to steal cash or medications.