A Rancho Cordova police officer accidentally shot at a fellow police officer early Tuesday morning as he wrapped up looking into a call. Police said neither officers were injured in the incident.
The officer, a 10-year veteran with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department currently working with Rancho Cordova, responded to an apartment building in the 11200 block of Point East Drive around 4:40 a.m. The resident called dispatch to report hearing voices taunting him from across the street. The officer talked to the man and determined he was intoxicated but able to take care of himself, creating no threat to himself and others.
As the officer was leaving the apartment, he stepped into the dimly lit and self-enclosed stairwell. At the bottom of the stairs, the officer encountered a “darkened figure” who he believed was holding a weapon.
The officer then fired a shot at the figure.
It turned out that the figure was a second uniformed officer who was responding to the call to provide back up. The shot missed the second officer and was lodged into the stairwell door frame.
The police department said the first officer will be off enforcement assignment until investigators develop more information about the case. It is unclear at this time if administrative actions will be necessary.