Citrus Heights police shoot, kill suspect

A suspect was shot and killed by Citrus Heights police Friday night.

The shooting happened at the school, on Sunrise Boulevard and Oak Avenue. Police Lt. Ryan Kinnan said the suspect's identity of the will be released by the coroner's office after next of kin is notified.

Officers initially responded to a domestic violence call at around 9:55 p.m. in the area of Woodmore Oaks Drive and Sunrise Boulevard. Witnesses said a man was assaulting a woman; police dispatch said the man could be heard threatening to kill the woman in the background of the phone call.

When officers arrived at the scene, the suspect rode away on a bicycle, Kinnan said. The officers then chased him to a parking lot, where he abandoned his bike and ran into a field next to the school.

Kinnan said the police helicopter saw the suspect on school grounds. When officers on the ground got closer to the suspect, they said he was not listening to orders and saw him reach into his waistband.

"The suspect's violent and irrational behavior throughout the incident led officers to believe they were in imminent danger," Kinnan said in a statement. "Officers fired their weapons striking the suspect."

Police then tried to help the suspect. When Sacramento Metro Fire arrived at the scene, the suspect was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Kinnan said the shooting is being investigated by the Citrus Heights Police Department's Investigations Division. As per policy, the officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave, Kinnan said.


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