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Suspect In NorCal Animal Control Officer Killing Arrested After Standoff

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Police and SWAT officers outside a home on 1st St. in Galt following the fatal shooting of an animal control officer, November 28, 2012. (CBS)

Police and SWAT officers outside a home on 1st St. in Galt following the fatal shooting of an animal control officer, November 28, 2012. (CBS)

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GALT (CBS/AP) — The suspect in the fatal shooting of an animal control officer trying to retrieve pets from a Sacramento County home is in custody after an all-night standoff.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified the slain officer on Thursday as 45-year-old Roy Curtis Marcum of Elk Grove.

Authorities said Marcum and a bank official went to the home in Galt, about 20 miles south of Sacramento, on Wednesday.

The homeowner, 65-year-old Joseph Francis Corey, had been evicted a day earlier, and the home was supposed to be empty.

But Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Ramos says Corey opened fire, striking and killing Marcum. Corey then barricaded himself inside the house.

He was arrested on suspicion of homicide after an all-night standoff.

Ramos said Corey was arrested around 5 a.m. Thursday by members of a SWAT team that had managed to get access to the home’s garage.

Ramos says Corey was unaware of the officers’ presence. He was confronted when he went to retrieve one of his dogs.

Police had surrounded the two-story house following the Wednesday afternoon shooting.

 

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