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Police arrest suspect in shooting death after two-hour standoff

Published: Monday, Mar. 24, 2014 - 8:05 pm

A man arrested after a two-hour standoff with police Sunday night was identified as the suspect in the shooting death of a partygoer at an Upper Land Park apartment early Saturday.

Bryan Thomas, 23, of Sacramento was being held on a parole violation Monday at the Sacramento County jail. He is not eligible for bail, and police plan to seek additional charges.

Thomas was taken into custody at 8:33 p.m. Sunday at an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Gateway Oaks Drive. Police surrounded the residence and called SWAT officers.

“Because of the shooting, the potential of a weapon involved in this arrest was high,” said Officer Michele Gigante, a spokeswoman for Sacramento police.

After barricading himself for two hours, Thomas came out of his apartment, surrendered and was taken into custody by SWAT officers.

Thomas is suspected of shooting and killing Davon Brown, 21, of Sacramento at a party early Saturday at an apartment complex in the 300 block of River Bend Circle.

Officers arrived about 1:30 a.m. and found Brown shot multiple times. He died at UC Davis Medical Center.

Police on Monday did not have a suspected motive for the shooting or know the relationship between Thomas and Brown.

Brown apparently had gone to the party with a friend but didn’t tell anyone in his family, said his sister, Daleah Murray, 28, of Sacramento.

“Someone called my mom’s phone (Saturday morning) and said he was shot,” Murray said Monday. “We went to the hospital at the same time the ambulance that was carrying him did.”

Murray said Brown was trying to turn his life around after being released from prison in December. Court records show he had been convicted of first-degree attempted burglary in Sacramento in 2012.

“He was trying to get his life together and leave all the drama behind,” Murray said. “He wanted to get a job and get his high school diploma.”

Brown lived with his mother and sister after his release.

Murray said Brown was the youngest of five children in the family and often was the clown.

“He would make us laugh a lot,” his sister said. “Our family is broken, because he was such a big piece of it.”

Murray said she did not recognize Thomas’ name and didn’t know he had been arrested Sunday. She also didn’t know what happened at the party that led to the shooting.

“He was well-liked,” she said of her brother. “I know he was very young, but he never had a chance to live his life.”

Police were still looking for witnesses to the shooting but weren’t seeking other suspects.

Anyone with information can contact Sacramento police dispatchers at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357). People also can text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter “SACTIP” followed by the information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Call The Bee’s Tillie Fong, (916) 321-1006.

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