Dozens of Sacramento County sheriff's deputies swarmed a Rio Linda neighborhood Wednesday after deputies said a man notified them that he had killed his roommate.
For four hours, Stephen Brainard, 58, refused police orders to leave the house in the 400 block of Lilac Lane. Deputies said that after Brainard walked outside with his hands up, they discovered the body of a woman in her 50s inside the house.
The incident unfolded around 5:30 a.m., when Brainard called authorities informing them of the slaying and that he had a gun, according to Sgt. Jason Ramos, Sheriff's Department spokesman.
Officers arrived in droves, first setting up a perimeter and asking neighbors to leave their homes. For hours, deputies attempted to persuade Brainard to give up.
"He would agree (to surrender) and then decide against that," Ramos said.
Shortly before 8 a.m., a SWAT team was dispatched to the scene. At 9:45 a.m., SWAT team members moved into a "tactical position" near the house, according to Ramos. Within five minutes, Brainard surrendered without incident.
"When you have 20 guys with machine guns walking toward your house, that's often motivation to take a different course of action," Ramos said.
Sheriff's deputies entered the home and found the body of a woman with multiple gunshot wounds, according to Ramos. Brainard told police the woman was a roommate, but authorities have not been able to confirm the pair's relationship.
The woman's identity wasn't released Wednesday afternoon, pending notification of her family.
Police are still investigating the motivation for the killing. On Wednesday afternoon, Brainard was booked into jail on suspicion of murder.
Several neighbors gathered behind police lines, watching the standoff unfold. Many expressed shock that a killing would happen in their backyard.
"It's a rural and quiet area," said Dave Gamboa, 65, who lives across the street. "That's why I moved here."
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