By Cynthia Hubert
A Sacramento police officer investigating possible gang activity Friday night shot and injured an armed 17-year-old as he ran from the scene.
The teen was shot in the leg and is expected to survive, said Officer Doug Morse, police spokesman.
Officers tasked with reducing gang violence were patrolling a neighborhood in North Sacramento about 11:30 p.m. when they encountered a group of 20 to 30 people on Arcade Boulevard, Morse said. As they approached the group on foot, one male who appeared to be carrying a short-barreled shotgun fled.
When he ignored commands to stop, an officer fired at him, striking him once in the lower leg, Morse said. He was taken to an area hospital, and officers recovered his gun.
Morse said the officer, whom he did not identify, shot the man because he feared for his safety and the safety of the public.
Later, officers searched the area and found six firearms, including an assault weapon, which apparently had been tossed by others who ran from the scene, Morse said.
The teen is facing charges that include multiple weapons violations, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest, Morse said. The teen has an outstanding felony warrant, he said.
The police department, the city's Office of Public Safety Accountability and the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office are investigating the shooting.
Bee staff writer Janelle Bitker contributed to this report.