WEST SACRAMENTO, CA April 29 2012- A day-long manhunt for a shooting and carjacking suspect Friday started with a shoplifting incident at a West Sacramento Walmart.
West Sacramento police said 38-year-old Jimmy Lee Graves was suspected of theft, but got away before police arrived. Then, police said, he went to a nearby machine shop, where he fired on arriving workers and stole a high powered hunting rifle similar to a police sniper weapon.
That is why authorities did not want traffic moving on the freeway.
“Absolutely, the subject had already fired on citizens in our community, had fired on police,” Sgt. Nathan Steele said. “We needed to ensure he wouldn’t shoot at motorists.”
Apparently, the suspect did not have any ammunition for the rifle and later ditched it. It also turns out, there was another carjacking before the white pick-up was taken that was later crashed and abandoned on the causeway. When the suspect fled that first car, a police officer saw him take the pick-up and tried to stop him.
“The suspect attempted to ram the officer,” Steele said. “The officer fired on the suspect, missing. The suspect actually struck the officer pinning him against his patrol car and the door.”
The officer was not seriously injured. The second carjacking also provided a clue that led authorities to the suspect’s identity, he had dropped his jacket with his driver’s license in a pocket.
The manhunt ended when the suspect is said to have started a fire in an apartment in the Arden Arcade area and was killed by police gunfire after barricading himself inside.