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Man accused of shooting at cops, setting house ablaze arraigned Thursday

Eduard Kamilchu was booked on suspicion of attempted assault with a destructive/explosive device, arson, violation of a domestic violence restraining order and violation of probation.
Eduard Kamilchu was booked on suspicion of attempted assault with a destructive/explosive device, arson, violation of a domestic violence restraining order and violation of probation. Elk Grove Police Department

Eduard Kamilchu was arraigned in Sacramento on Thursday on arson and assault charges days after a fiery standoff with Elk Grove police last Friday that left his home in ruin.

Kamilchu, 30, appeared largely healed from the wounds he received from police dogs sicced on him after he allegedly fired on officers, set his home ablaze and bailed from a window in the Jan. 19 incident. Kamilchu remains held in lieu of $1 million bail at Sacramento County Main Jail.

No one was hurt in the standoff, but along with the felony arson charge he faces, prosecutors also charged Kamilchu with assault with intent to inflict great bodily injury on the police officers and firefighters who responded to his burning home, its second story engulfed in flames.

Kamilchu was briefly hospitalized from his wounds and smoke inhalation over the weekend before he was booked Monday. A judge postponed a scheduled Wednesday arraignment after court officials said he was too ill to attend.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley on Thursday ordered Kamilchu to return to court Jan. 31.

Attorneys declined to comment on the case following Thursday’s hearing, but both sides likely continue to gather evidence in the nighttime standoff at the home on Trafton Court near Whitelock Parkway and Franklin Boulevard in Elk Grove.

Police were called about 7 p.m. Jan. 19 to the home in the 10100 block of Trafton on a report of a family disturbance. Three adults left the residence as officers arrived, but a fourth – later identified as Kamilchu – stayed. Police say Kamilchu then barricaded himself in the home, shot at officers and set the second floor of his home on fire before he fled and was arrested.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith

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