Officer Involved Shooting Special Report

Citrus Heights, CA  |  Citrus Heights Police Department Release

Citrus Heights, CA (MPG) - This press release is a summary of the facts known at this time.  This incident is still under investigation, so the information is subject to change. Additional details will be released as they become available.


On Sunday, November 19, 2017 at approximately 2:45 am, a solo officer with the Citrus Heights Police Department made a self-initiated contact with a male and a female standing near a vehicle in the parking lot of a local motel in the 6200 block of Auburn Boulevard.  During the contact, the officer conducted a search of the male (The male was later confirmed to be in possession of a firearm).

During the search, the male pulled away from the officer and fled on foot.   The officer chased the male on foot.  Until additional statements are obtained, it is unknown at this time what transpired between the suspect and the officer during the foot pursuit.  However, it is known that during the chase, the officer discharged his firearm an unknown number of times at the male. The male continued to run from the officer and stopped a short distance later in a nearby parking lot.  

Other officers arrived on scene to assist. The officers discovered the male had sustained at least one gunshot wound to his upper torso.  The officers immediately called for paramedics and began to provide first aid to the male.  A search of the male revealed a firearm.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department transported the male to a local hospital for treatment.  The male is currently listed in stable condition.

The male was identified as 24 year old Nickolas Russo (May 2017 booking photo below).  Russo has an extensive criminal history including firearms possession.  Russo is currently on CDCR Parole for burglary and County Probation for vehicle theft.

The involved officer was not injured and has been placed on paid administrative leave as per department policy.

Russo is currently under arrest for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, resisting a police officer, violation of parole, and violation of probation.

There are no outstanding suspects or threats to the public resulting from this incident.
The officer involved shooting is being investigated by the Citrus Heights Police Department’s Investigative Services Division and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

As a result of this incident, Auburn Boulevard is currently closed between Greenback Lane and Charwood Lane.  Auburn Boulevard is expected to be closed until approximately11:30 am.

Anyone having information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Citrus Heights Police Department at 916-727-5500.