Man fatally shot by CHPD after firing at Sunrise Mall, then at cops

Man fatally shot by CHPD after firing at Sunrise Mall, then at cops
Photo: Grayson Schuesler

CITRUS HEIGHTS – On July 9th an Orangevale man fired a gunshot in the Sunrise Mall parking lot, hitting a storefront window at Macy’s.  Officers with the Citrus Heights Police Department responded, spotting 26-year-old Grayson Schuessler as he ran down Greenback Lane.

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note the hair on the headrest

The suspect headed toward Burger King. K-9 Officer Axel and his handler arrived, and Axel was released to apprehend Schuessler. As Axel came upon Schuessler, the man fired a shot in the direction of the officers.

He then took off but Axel caught him. Citrus Heights Police Lt. Dave Gutierrez said, “The male subject fired two rounds at point-blank range directly towards the K-9’s head, as well as towards the officers.”

Officers returned fire and Schuessler died at the scene. He was on felony probation for elder abuse. His gun was a .357 Magnum, and he had 20 more rounds of ammunition in his possession.

“If you point a gun at a police officer or shoot at a police officer, we’re gonna take action and we’re likely going to shoot back,” said Citrus Heights Police Chief Ron Lawrence.

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Axel

It turns out that Axel wasn’t hit by gunfire. The blood on his face was the suspect’s. The handlers clothing pierced by a bullet, but did not make contact with his body.

In addition, another bullet hit a nearby car in the parking lot. The bullet went by the female driver’s head, put a hole in her headrest and pulled out a bit of her hair along the way.  It also went right by her child’s seat rest.

Schuessler’s previous arrests include-

Man fatally shot by CHPD after firing at Sunrise Mall, then at cops was last modified: July 19th, 2019 by admin
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