Suspect Uses Car as Weapon Against Officers

Suspect Uses Car as Weapon Against Officers

SACRAMENTO—Officers from the Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento County Probation Department and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a suspect on Wednesday, March 26 who was wanted on several felony charges including sex acts on a child, unlawful sexual intercourse and possession of obscene matter depicting a person under 14 years old.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., William Herzog, 28, was located, sitting in his vehicle with a female passenger in a parking lot near 65th Street and 4th Avenue. Responding officers immediately confirmed the suspect’s identity and positioned themselves and their patrol vehicles to take him into custody.

Officers gave verbal commands to Herzog to exit his vehicle but he accelerated his engine and drove at the officers, nearly striking one of them. A second officer from the Sacramento Police Department and a deputy from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department feared for their safety and the safety of the other officers on the scene, and fired their duty weapons at Herzog, striking him multiple times before the suspect crashed into one of their marked patrol cars.

Herzog was transported to an area hospital and is listed in critical condition. The 17-year-old female passenger was uninjured. Once Herzog is medically cleared, he will be booked into Sacramento County jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer in addition to his felony warrants.  Herzog had also been arrested a month prior on domestic violence and driving under the influence charges.

The Sacramento Police Department’s Homicide, Internal Affairs and Crime Scene Investigation units are conducting this investigation in conjunction with the City’s Office of Public Safety Accountability.

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