Update - Officer Involved Shooting

Friday, August 29, 2014 2:00 PM

For Immediate Release:

An autopsy of Mark Jeffery Sharpe, 54, of Live Oak, who was pronounced dead at the scene on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, in an Officer Involved Shooting has been completed.

The autopsy results revealed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound of the chest and abdomen.

At approximately 1:27 pm Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Sutter County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of an assault or suicide attempt in the 4700 block of Broadway, Live Oak.

Upon arrival at the location deputies located a female inside a residence and a male subject armed with a handgun and bleeding from lacerations to the neck, which was determined later to be self inflicted.  The suspect confronted deputies by pointing the handgun at the deputies. The deputies tried  negotiating with the suspect to put his weapon down. The suspect told deputies of his determination to end his life. During the negotiations with the suspect the deputies had the female leave the house. The deputies continued to try negotiating with the male subject while giving the male subject several orders to move away from the handgun. The male subject failed to comply with the orders. Deputies deployed a Taser which failed to subdue the subject. The subject, armed with the handgun, failing to comply with orders, pointed the gun at the deputies and the deputies fired their service weapon striking the suspect twice.

The two deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, as is standard policy in officer-involved shootings. The deputies were not injured during this incident.

The Sutter County District Attorney’s Office is continuing the investigation assisted by the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The Sutter County Sheriff’s Office will continue their separate, administrative investigation into the shooting.

Contact Person and Telephone Number:

Undersheriff Jeff Pierce
(530) 822-7307


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