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Citrus Heights police, SWAT make arrest in March homicide

By Mike Hazlip—
Citrus Heights police this week announced the arrest of a 30-year-old man in connection with a March 20 shooting that left one dead on Sayonara Drive.

In a July 13 press release, police said Joshua Zell Brisbane, of Carmichael, was arrested in Roseville on Tuesday. Arrest logs show Brisbane was arrested at a residence in the 3100 block of Stonington Drive.

The Sentinel previously reported the victim’s identity as 33-year-old Jason Tanom Simmons. Citrus Heights Police Master Sgt. Eric Dias told The Sentinel that Brisbane is the only suspect in the March 20 shooting. Police believe the act was targeted.

Police said the March 20 homicide occurred in the 7800 block of Sayonara Drive. Officers found an adult male, later identified as Simmons, deceased from a gunshot wound to the head, the release said.

The investigation included interviewing witnesses and collecting “multiple pieces of evidence,” that led to police issuing a warrant for Brisbane’s arrest. Citrus Heights police worked with other agencies including the Roseville Police Department’s SWAT team to make the arrest. Brisbane was taken into custody without incident, the release said.

“The Citrus Heights Police Department would like to thank the Roseville Police Department and the Sacramento County Probation Department for their assistance with the arrest,” the release said. “Additionally, Citrus Heights would like to thank the community for their support and assistance during this investigation.”

Inmate records by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office show Brisbane is currently in custody and ineligible for bail. He has been charged with homicide.

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