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Shooting: Citrus Heights police arrest man on murder charges

Updated Mar. 9, 10:15 a.m. —
Citrus Heights police said a suspect has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting on Greenback Lane Friday, according to a press release sent out this afternoon.

Police car lights, light bar. Citrus Heights Sentinel. Photo by Luke Otterstad
Police lights, stock photo. // Citrus Heights Sentinel

The 34-year-old male suspect was arrested and booked in the Sacramento County Jail on murder charges, after he was identified and located by law enforcement officers, according to the press statement authored by Lieutenant Christine Ford. “Due to the ongoing investigation,” Ford said a photo of the suspect would not be released, but police initially described the suspect being sought as a “black male adult wearing a dark colored sweatshirt possibly driving a silver colored sedan with damage to the passenger side.”

Police said the shooting occurred around 10:30 a.m. Friday on the 6500 block of Greenback Lane, where officers responded to reports of shots fired in the area and found a man who had been shot.

“Officers rendered medical aid until emergency medical personnel arrived,” according to police, but the man was later pronounced deceased. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office later identified the man as 22-year-old Shaun Blechinger.

[From 2014: Citrus Heights shooting on Sayonara leaves one dead; police seek witnesses]

While the investigation is still ongoing, detectives have determined the two men knew each other, and encourage anyone who may have additional information about the incident to contact Citrus Heights police at (916) 727-5500.
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