‘Please, I Don’t Want To Die.’ Police Body-Cam Video Captures Fatal Shooting Inside Holiday Inn Express

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Elk Grove, California (EGPD) — On February 21, 2023, around 10:32 p.m., officers had responded to a carjacking report where the suspect, who was known to the victim and according to witnesses believed to be under the influence of a controlled substance, brandished a firearm, threatened suicide, and drove away in the victim’s car. At around 11:39 p.m., officers responded to the Holiday Inn Express (9175 W. Stockton Boulevard) regarding a disturbance between an adult male and a hotel employee. When the officers arrived, they recognized and confirmed the stolen vehicle, which was parked and unoccupied, from the earlier call.

The officers encountered the suspect, 40-year-old Booker Pannell, in the hotel lobby, armed with a handgun. Pannell refused to comply with the officers’ repeated commands and an officer deployed their Taser, which was ineffective. Pannell ran through the hallway of occupied hotel rooms, armed himself with a handgun from his waistband as he ran toward an occupied parking lot, resulting in the officer to discharge his service weapon.

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Officers rendered medical aid until the suspect was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. An innocent bystander, who was entering the hotel, hit the ground but was unharmed.

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