Just after midnight Wednesday, a Kings County Sheriff's Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for various vehicle code violations, including traveling at speeds in excess of 85 miles per hour in a residential area.
The traffic stop was initiated near Alkali Dr. and 17th Ave., near the Santa Rosa Rancheria. The vehicle did not yield to the Deputy Sheriff's emergency lights and sirens, ultimately leading the deputy on a pursuit throughout the Rancheria. The vehicle ultimately stopped south of the slough near the Rancheria Elder Center. Five subjects exited the vehicle and began to flee.
The driver of the vehicle, recognized by the Deputy as Jeffery Jeff, pointed a firearm at the deputy.
Fearing for his life, the deputy fired several rounds from his department issued firearm; however, the suspect was not hit. Jeff fled on foot northbound through the slough into the residential area of the Rancheria and was not immediately captured.
The other four occupants of the vehicle were detained and later interviewed by KCSO Detectives.
KCSO Detectives responded to the scene and took over the investigation. The suspect vehicle was seized as evidence and transported to KCSO Headquarters.
Several allied agencies assisted in the search for Jeffery Jeff including members of the Lemoore Police Department, the Corcoran Police Department, the Avenal Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol.
Jeffery Jeff is well known to Kings County Sheriff's Office personnel and was wanted for several felony warrants for his arrest. Subsequent to the pursuit, he was now facing additional charges including felony evading, brandishing a firearm at a peace officer, and several other charges.
A search warrant was authored for a residence on the Rancheria where Jeff was believed to have fled. KCSO SWAT, along with the Regional SWAT Team, executed the search warrant and ultimately located Jeff on the rooftop of this residence hiding behind an air conditioning unit. Jeff was booked into the Kings County Jail.
Cadets from the College of the Sequoias Police Academy assisted KCSO by conducting a grid search of the slough area of the Rancheria in an attempt to locate any additional evidence pertaining to this incident.
Nobody was injured as a result of this incident.
Anyone who may have witnessed the event is encouraged to contact the Kings Co. Sheriff's Office.