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Authorities kill man after confrontation at Elk Grove hotel

Police investigators process evidence at the Extended Stay America hotel in Elk Grove, where a fatal officer-involved shooting took place early Saturday. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office later identified the man killed as Nolberto Hernandez Leon, 26, of Sacramento.
Police investigators process evidence at the Extended Stay America hotel in Elk Grove, where a fatal officer-involved shooting took place early Saturday. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office later identified the man killed as Nolberto Hernandez Leon, 26, of Sacramento. rbenton@sacbee.com

Elk Grove Police are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred early Saturday at a hotel, department officials said.

Officer Jason Jimenez, Elk Grove Police spokesman, said officers responded to a call of shots fired about 2 a.m. at the Extended Stay America hotel in the 2200 block of Longport Court.

When they arrived, officers found a man on the ground with a firearm in a hotel hallway, Jimenez said.

He said the man got up and confronted officers. During the verbal confrontation, the suspect shot himself, then pointed the gun at officers, Jimenez said.

One officer shot the man, who died at the scene, he said. His name has not been released.

Police do not know if the man was a hotel patron or if anyone else was involved. No police officers were injured.

Several hotel guests Saturday afternoon said they hadn’t heard anything the night before, but were awakened by officers doing welfare checks about 6 a.m.

Michelle Hartvigsen, a hotel guest, had checked in with her husband the day before the shooting. Hartvigsen said though she was awake around the time of the incident, she didn’t hear any shots, though she noticed a heavy police presence when she left her room at 5 a.m. to walk her dog.

After returning to her room, Hartvigsen was roused by a loud knock on her door.

“(Officers) asked me who I was and how many people were in the room and said, ‘thank you,’ and left.”

Hartvigsen said that it wasn’t until later that she found out about the fatal shooting.

“It’s kind of creepy. I’m from Washington, and live in a smaller town. This is stuff you hear about happening in bigger cities, like this,” Hartvigsen said.

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