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Fleeting Suspect Shoots at Officer, Injures Child



On April 11, 2010, shortly before 1:30 a.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a drive-by shooting at an apartment complex in the 6600 block of Sunnyslope Drive. No one at the complex was struck by the gunfire.

A California Highway Patrol officer also responded to the area and spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle and attempted to stop it when it turned into a mobile home park in the 7400 block of Stockton Boulevard. The driver of the suspect vehicle refused to stop and the passenger fired, what appeared to be a semi-automatic rifle, at the CHP officer. The bullets missed the officer. The suspect vehicle fled from the mobile home park and drove onto Highway 99 with the CHP officer in pursuit.

During the freeway pursuit, the passenger in the vehicle continued to fire at the CHP officer. Once again, the officer was not struck. However, one of the suspect’s bullets struck a minivan driving on Highway 99 near Florin Road. A four-year-old passenger in the vehicle suffered a minor injury from flying debris caused by the bullet. Paramedics treated the child at the scene; the child was not hospitalized.

A short time later, a Sacramento Police Department officer located the suspect vehicle, and a subject (later identified as 23-year-old Sacramento-resident Pedro Pantoja) armed with a handgun, in the parking lot of a motel on Massie Court. A semi-automatic rifle was recovered inside the vehicle. Several other subjects were detained from a room at the motel. One of the subjects was later identified as 26-year-old Elk Grove-resident Jesus Montano. Montano was subsequently identified as the driver of the suspect vehicle. Pantoja was identified as the passenger in the vehicle and the shooting suspect. Both suspects, who are validated gang members, were arrested. They will be booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on multiple felony charges including attempted murder.


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