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Property Manager Shot While Serving Eviction Notice In San Ramon

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Officers at the scene of a shooting on Ashbourne Circle in San Ramon's Norris Canyon Estates community, September 18, 2013. (CBS)

Officers at the scene of a shooting on Ashbourne Circle in San Ramon’s Norris Canyon Estates community, September 18, 2013. (CBS)

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SAN RAMON (CBS / AP / BCN) – Authorities have arrested a man on suspicion of shooting a property manager in the leg when he and two Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputies tried to serve an eviction notice.

Sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said the man surrendered Wednesday after a four hour-long standoff in a gated community in San Ramon.

The shooting occurred just before 2 p.m. at a home in the 3400 block of Ashbourne Circle, inside the Norris Canyon Estates community, according to Lee.

The man then barricaded himself in the home for several hours, finally surrendering after the sheriff’s SWAT team fired tear gas into the home to force him out around 5:45 p.m.

The suspect, a 42-year-old man, was being questioned Wednesday night and will later be booked into jail, Lee said.

Lee said deputies from the sheriff’s office’s civil unit went to the home to serve an eviction notice due to a bank foreclosure and were accompanied by a locksmith and a property manager.

As the locksmith was drilling the door open, a man inside the home shot through the front door, striking the property manager in the leg.

Deputies did not return fire, Lee said.

The property manager was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley to be treated for a gunshot wound, Lee said.

No other injuries have been reported. The sheriff’s office had initially reported that the incident was an officer-involved shooting and then that the locksmith had been shot but have since clarified that only the property manager was hit by gunfire.

About an hour after the shooting, residents in about 40 to 50 nearby homes received an automated phone message from the sheriff’s office telling them to shelter in place, Lee said.

That order was lifted after the suspect surrendered.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco, The Associated Press and Bay City News Service. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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