A reported gunman in his 60s walked out of his Del Paso Heights residence early Wednesday afternoon after Sacramento Police Department SWAT team members and officers responded to what neighbors described as a domestic dispute turned violent.
Police Sgt. Vance Chandler said the man inside the residence, later identified by police as 62-year-old Gerald Childs, was believed to be armed with a gun. The woman he had been staying with in the 3700 block of Norwood Avenue called 911 at about 8:30 a.m. alleging domestic violence and left the premises, though Chandler later said she was unhurt.
Neighbor Patricia Pittman, 69, said she and others were ushered out of the area at around 10:45 a.m. because “bullets may come through the walls” of the fourplex.
Pittman said the man, who she and other neighbors referred to as “Jerry,” was a truck driver and occasionally spent the night in the woman’s unit when he wasn’t on the road. X-rays had recently found on a mass on his brain, Pittman said, after which he began behaving erratically.
About 12:15 p.m., a man wearing a blue shirt exited the apartment and was escorted into the SWAT vehicle. Neighbors were allowed back inside approximately a half-hour later as the scene began to clear.
Childs was booked into Sacramento County Jail late Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of threatening to commit a crime resulting in death or great bodily injury and resisting police officers. His first court appearance in the case is set for Friday.