Sacramento police say a man who was slain by officers was wielding a BB gun when he was killed Friday in the Tahoe Park area.
The incident began around 3:30 p.m. when neighbors reported a domestic disturbance between a man and a woman at a home in the 2000 block of 61st Street, according to authorities.
Two officers arrived on scene and were first contacted by the woman, who was already outside the home. The two then entered the home and announced themselves to the man, according to Officer Traci Trapani, a Sacramento police spokeswoman.
“The suspect wasn’t answering up,” she said.
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Suddenly, the suspect appeared and pointed what looked like a handgun at the officers, Trapani said. At least one officer responded with gunfire, before police retreated from the home, she said.
The 42-year-old suspect then exited the house by himself and surrendered. He was transported to UC Davis Medical Center and pronounced dead.
Detectives later determined the suspect’s weapon was actually a black, semi-automatic style BB gun. Police described it as “visually indistinguishable from a real handgun.”
Rachel Iniguez, who lives next door, said the pair fought “all the time.” She was not home during Friday’s incident.
Iniguez said she never saw any physical violence, but often heard objects being thrown.
“They are always screaming at each other,” she said.
Police could not say Saturday whether other calls have been made to the home.
Homicide detectives, internal affairs investigators and crime scene investigation units are looking into the shooting in conjunction with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and the city’s Office of Public Safety Accountability. The officers involved were placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with Police Department policy.
No additional information about the shooting or the suspect’s injuries was released. The suspect’s name was not released, pending notification of family.