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64-year-old man dies after reportedly shooting at officer in Citrus Heights

A police vehicle can be seen parked at the intersection of Garry Oak Drive and English Oak Way, following an officer-involved shooting on Oct. 26, 2020. // M. Hazlip

Sentinel staff report–
Police on Monday shot and killed a man in Citrus Heights after he allegedly shot at and pointed a firearm at officers responding to a disturbance call in a residential neighborhood.

In a news release Monday night, police said officers had been dispatched to the 8100 block of Twin Oaks Avenue for a report of a “male causing a neighborhood disturbance” around 1:30 p.m.

Responding officers encountered a 64-year-old man who allegedly “pointed a firearm at them,” police said. The man then fled inside and barricaded himself after an officer fired at least one shot at the man.

Police then surrounded the home and crisis negotiation officers were deployed in an effort to de-escalate the situation. Neighbors were evacuated or asked to shelter in place during the incident and a SWAT team was deployed, due to police believing the man may have had additional firearms.

Police said announcements were made over a loudspeaker asking the man to come outside “in order to bring a peaceful resolution to this incident.”

Around 5:20 p.m., police said the the man went into the backyard and “pointed a firearm directly at one of the police officers who was on-scene” and “discharged his firearm at the officer in an obvious attempt to shoot him.” Police said the bullet missed the officer and the officer returned fire.

The suspect was struck by at least one bullet. Officers rendered medical aid, but police said he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The man has only been identified as a white male adult who was 64 years of age.

Authorities said as of Monday night there are no outstanding suspects or threats to the public and the incident is being investigated by the police department’s Special Services Division, the Professional Standards Unit, and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

“Any loss of life is tragic, and our thoughts go out to the loved ones, family and friends of the deceased in this situation,” said Police Chief Ron Lawrence in a statement Monday night. “The Citrus Heights Police Department works closely with our community to bring incidents such as this to a peaceful resolution whenever possible, and we thank our community for their support by evacuating or sheltering-in-place when we recommend.”

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