A man who held a cellphone out of his garage door to see what was happening during a police standoff in Rancho Cordova was shot and injured by Sacramento sheriff’s deputies.
On Friday, Danny Sanchez was undergoing surgery at UC Davis Medical Center to remove bullet fragments after he was hit by deputies’ bullets, according to his father, John Sanchez.
The deputies involved in the shooting were placed on standard paid administrative leave.
As a SWAT team was trying to apprehend Ben Ledford, 62, for firing a machine gun across the street, authorities said they saw another man in the neighboring home go out to the edge of the garage and extend his arm with an object in it.
Sanchez’s father John “Sonny” Sanchez said the object was a cellphone and his son was trying to videotape the arrest of Ledford, when he was shot in the leg.
“He was yelling, ‘Dad I’m shot, I’m shot,’ so I grabbed him inside and closed the garage door. I put a tourniquet around his leg and a clean towel,” John Sanchez said.
Sanchez pointed out four bullet holes in his garage and several more in his car.
“You can see how many shots they did: one, two three, four — shooting at my son with a cell phone. C’mon that’s ridiculous,” Sanchez said.
Deputies said there was a lot of commotion as Ledford was being taken into custody.
Deputies said SWAT officers positioned down the street didn’t know if there was a second gunman in the area because of all the earlier gunfire and didn’t recognize the object in Danny Sanchez’s hand was a cellphone.
“I think it’s reasonable to think that the officers perceived an immediate threat either to themselves or continued threat to that individual,” said Sgt. Jason Ramos, of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s department.
Ramos said Sanchez and another man were detained briefly while officers determined whether they were involved in the earlier gunfire next door. Sanchez’s home was also searched.
But on Friday Ramos said Sanchez is not facing any criminal charges.