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Man fatally shot inside Citrus Heights residence, woman arrested

Police car lights, light bar. Citrus Heights Sentinel. Photo by Luke Otterstad
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Police said a man was fatally shot inside a Citrus Heights residence early Saturday morning, with officers arresting a female suspect for involuntary manslaughter.

Citrus Heights police said officers responded around 2:32 a.m. to a report of a single gunshot from inside a residence on the 6000 block of Cheshire Way, near the Sunrise Marketplace at Birdcage. Officers arriving on scene found an “unresponsive male victim with a gunshot wound to his upper body,” according to a press statement authored by Citrus Heights Police Lt. Chad Courtney.

Sacramento Metro Fire personnel and police officers attempted life-saving efforts, but the man, identified later as 42-year-old John Rohrer, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Police did not release the name of the woman arrested, pending “notification of the victim’s next of kin,” but said everyone at the residence has been cooperative with the investigation.

Additional details about the incident were not released, but the police press statement about the incident called gun ownership “a serious responsibility” and reminded owners to “ensure weapons are stored, transported, and used in a safe and lawful manner.”

[Also on The Sentinel: Police make arrest in 3rd Citrus Heights homicide in March]

California Penal Code 192(b) defines involuntary manslaughter as “the unlawful killing of a human being without malice,” involving “the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to a felony; or in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death, in an unlawful manner, or without due caution and circumspection.”

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