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The unidentified Sacramento County deputy, 47 years old, was a 15-year veteran who was undergoing surgery after the incident, FOX 40 of Sacramento reported.
The confrontation happened about 8:15 p.m. local time in Carmichael, a suburb of Sacramento that has about 64,000 residents.
Other suspects were believed to remain at large, FOX 40 reported. Residents near the crime scene were advised to stay inside and lock their doors, the report said.
Police searched for the remaining suspects until around midnight, Sgt. Kionna Rowe, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman, told the Sacramento Bee.
Authorities from several agencies remained in the area overnight, the Bee reported, and a sheriff’s helicopter was deployed as well.