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Standoff: Police arrest suspect after shots fired near Sunrise Mall

By Mike Hazlip—
Citrus Heights police officers on Saturday night responded to reports of a shooting at an apartment complex on Sunrise East Way, leading to the arrest of a barricaded suspect.

In a subsequent news release on Sunday, police said the incident occurred on Jan. 14 around 10:30 p.m., in the 8000 block of Sunrise East Way. Upon arrival, officers spotted the male suspect in a common area of the complex, “indiscriminately pointing a handgun equipped with a weapon mounted light.”

The suspect retreated into his apartment, prompting an hours-long stand-off with officers from multiple surrounding agencies, police said. Three people exited the apartment during the stand-off, with police saying the first two individuals were not involved in the shooting.

Police said the suspect was uncooperative and resisted officers, but was taken into custody after police used a K9 that resulted in a dog bite to the suspect. The individual received treatment for the dog bite and was taken to the Sacramento County Jail, according to police.

The suspect’s identity was not released, and police said several spent shell casings were found near the suspect’s apartment. Officers also found a handgun at the scene that matched the caliber of the shell casings.

Residents reported a heavy police presence in the area, including deployment of two armored vehicles. Officers also initially searched for any shooting victims at the scene, based on several reports indicating the shooter shot at another person, however no shooting victims were found.

“I am very proud of the restraint and sound tactics utilized by the officers involved in this incident,” Chief of Police Alex Turcotte said. “Incidents like these are extremely dangerous for the public and law enforcement and we are pleased at the peaceful outcome.”

Police also thanked assisting law enforcement agencies, including the police departments of Elk Grove, Sacramento, Roseville, and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.

Police are asking any witnesses with pertinent information to call the department at (916) 727-5500.

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