Citrus Heights police officers, suspect dead in shooting

7:35 PM, Mar 20, 2010   |    comments
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SLIDESHOW: Two officers injured, suspect killed in Citrus Heights police shooting

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA - Two Citrus Heights police officers were injured and a suspect killed following an exchange of gunfire during a family disturbance call in a Citrus Heights neighborhood Saturday, according to Citrus Heights police officials.

The shooting happened at 2:39 p.m. Saturday on the 6200 block of Holly Springs Court in Citrus Heights, Citrus Heights police Sgt. Lee Herrington said.

Two officers were sent to the area following a call of a domestic dispute involving an intoxicated man, Herrington said.

Within moments of arriving on scene, Herrington said the officers were involved in a physical altercation with the suspect and shots were fired.

The officers as well as the suspect were all taken to Mercy San Juan Medical Center, where the suspect died a short time later.

The name of the suspect was not immediately released pending family notification.

The 43-year-old female officer, described as a five-year veteran of the department, suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the leg. Her partner, a 30 year old who served in the department since 2000, suffered a blunt force injury to his forehead, Herrington said.

A witness said the female officer appeared to be in good spirits as she was being taken away by emergency medical responders.

"She was in the upright position, she was awake," said neighborhood resident Jeff Pieratt.  "She didn't seem to be in too much pain or anything.  I was surprised.  She looked like she was doing good."

Herrington said the officers were released from the hospital late Saturday afternoon, but will need follow-up care to recover from their injuries.  He said the department is hopeful both officers will make full recoveries.

Herrington said investigators were working to determine the exact sequence of events that triggered the altercation and shooting.

"Our officers are trained to use force when they feel their life is in danger and that's what we believe occurred at this point," Herrington said.

News10/KXTV and The Associated Press

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