Citrus Heights police shot and killed a man who allegedly pistol-whipped his wife and then opened fire on officers.
Eduardo Reyes, 35, was pronounced dead at the apartment complex where he lived in the 7500 block of Greenback Lane after exchanging gunfire with police. Police were called about 7:20 p.m. Monday to the complex for a domestic dispute between Reyes and his wife.
Initial reports to police dispatchers indicated that the man had hurt his wife and that he was armed with a handgun. When officers arrived, the man began shooting at them from the advantage of a second-floor landing of the couple’s apartment, police said.
Four officers returned gunfire, shooting and killing Reyes. He was pronounced dead at 7:46 p.m.
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His injured wife was taken to a hospital for treatment of a head wound after being beaten with a handgun.
The officers were put on administrative leave, which is standard policy when such an incident is investigated. Lt. Ryan Kinnan said the officers’ return of gunfire helped save lives.
“The armed suspect placed the victim, the children and all the residents within the apartment complex in danger,” Kinnan said. “The responding officers’ heroic actions, training and experience saved numerous lives during this incident. We are extremely proud of the actions taken by our officers during this incident.”