Citrus Heights police shot and killed an armed suspect at the Greenback Manor Apartments Monday night.
Officers were called to an apartment in the 7500 block of Greenback Lane at approximately 7:20 p.m.
"Immediately upon arriving on the scene, officers took fire from the suspect. Officers returned fire, ultimately striking the suspect and then stopping him," Citrus Heights police Lt. Ryan Kinnan said. "The officers immediately rendered medical aid to the suspect, who ultimately died from his injuries. The officers who responded to this situation acted heroically, based on their training and experience."
Kinnan said the suspect had pistol-whipped his wife, who was taken to a local hospital for her injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.
The 35 year-old male suspect's identity has not been released.
According to Kinnan, no officers were wounded in the incident.
Eyewitnesses described a scene of chaos as officers arrived and gunfire began. A law enforcement helicopter circled above, ordering people to stay in their homes as residents scrambled for cover at the apartment complex and at a business next door.
"It was slow at first, like, boom, boom, boom," said a young man who heard the gunfire but did not want to be identified. "It sped up, it sounded like maybe two guns where shooting at each other -- pow, pow, pow, pow, pow."
Neighbors said the suspect had a history of domestic violence, but Citrus Heights police could not immediately say whether they had answered other calls at the apartment.