Sacramento sheriff’s detectives arrest Rancho Cordova homicide suspect after Elk Grove shooting

Sacramento County sheriff’s homicide detectives investigating the death of a woman killed in Rancho Cordova arrested a suspect who was wounded in an officer-involved shooting in Elk Grove after a vehicle pursuit.

Devian Lewis, 22, was wounded and taken into custody after the shooting in Elk Grove, said Sgt. Amar Gandhi, a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. Lewis was identified as a suspect in the stabbing homicide of the 18-year-old woman killed in Rancho Cordova.

Gandhi said Lewis was the only person struck by gunfire, and there were no other reported injuries during the officer-involved shooting in Elk Grove. He said Lewis appeared to be in stable condition about 6 p.m. Wednesday at a hospital.

The Rancho Cordova Police Department was called about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday to a home in the 3000 block of Ramsgate Way, Gandhi said. The homicide was reported in a residential neighborhood, just east of Mather Field Road and a few blocks south of Folsom Boulevard.

A witness reported a man stabbed the woman and ran her over with a vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office announced in a news release Thursday as investigators revealed new details about the homicide.

Officers arrived at the Ramsgate Way home and found the woman suffering with multiple stab wounds, sheriff’s officials said. Medics with the Sacramento Fire District arrived shortly after and began to provide medical aid. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office is contracted to provide police services for the city of Rancho Cordova. All homicides in Rancho Cordova are investigated by sheriff’s detectives.

Homicide detectives and crime scene investigators took over the investigation, questioning witnesses and gathering evidence. Based on their investigation, the detectives identified Lewis as a suspect in the woman’s death.

The detectives were searching for Lewis when they learned hours later that the California Highway Patrol was pursuing Lewis driving a vehicle on Interstate 80 near Dixon in Solano County. Sheriff’s officials, including the detectives and a K-9 Unit, joined the CHP in the pursuit as it continued through Sacramento south on Highway 99.

Sheriff’s officials said deputies learned during the vehicle chase that Lewis was armed with a weapon.

About 4:40 p.m., Elk Grove police were notified of the pursuit of the sheriff’s homicide suspect. The chase had now exited the freeway at Cosumnes River Boulevard. The pursuit of the suspect then entered Elk Grove jurisdiction, and officers joined the vehicle chase, police spokesman Sgt. Jason Jimenez.

The chase continued to the intersection of Bruceville Road and Big Horn Boulevard, where the suspect vehicle rear-ended another vehicle stopped at a red light, Jimenez said. Lewis was the only occupant in the vehicle.

Jimenez said three Elk Grove police officers fired their department-issued guns at the suspect, but it was unclear how many shots were fired. No other law enforcement officials at the scene fired their weapons.

It also was unclear what exactly led the officers to fire their weapons, Jimenez said, but investigators were reviewing police body camera video.

The police spokesman said authorities found a firearm in the suspect vehicle, but he did not know whether the suspect fired a weapon during the confrontation with police.

In addition to Elk Grove police, two independent investigations of the shooting also were underway by the department’s Professional Standards Bureau and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.