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Domestic violence suspect shot by deputy in south Sacramento County


A man sought in a domestic violence case was shot in shoulder by a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday evening after he was found hiding in a closet in a vacant house in south Sacramento County.

Deputies responded shortly before 7:30 p.m. to a 911 call from a woman who reported that her ex-boyfriend, against whom she had a domestic violence restraining order, had come to her home.

The 38-year-old man left on foot before deputies arrived, but the woman told them she had seen a gun in the man’s waistband, said Sgt. Tony Turnbull, sheriff’s spokesman.

He said the woman identified the ex-boyfriend, who was someone deputies were acquainted with through previous contacts. They knew that he frequented a vacant house in the 5200 block of 53rd Avenue, about three blocks from the woman’s home, Turnbull said.

Four deputies went to the house and as they arrived, the suspect went inside the residence and deputies gave chase. As the deputies searched the house, one deputy found the man hiding in a closet. Fearing for his safety, the deputy fired one shot, striking the suspect in the shoulder, Turnbull said.

The man was taken to an area hospital. Turnbull said his injury was not believed to be life-threatening.

No gun was found on the man following the shooting, but Turnbull said investigators were searching the house.

The deputies were not injured.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy