A suspect was arrested after a man was found dead of a gunshot wound in a south Sacramento County home Monday night, with sheriff’s detectives investigating the case as a homicide.
Tony Rasi, 33, was arrested on suspicion of murder, kidnapping and child endangerment in connection with the killing, according to a news release by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff’s deputies performed a welfare check at a residence on Fourth Street in Hood, a small town along Hood Franklin Road just west of Interstate 5, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
At about 10 p.m., deputies located one victim, described as a 56-year-old man, who had suffered a single upper-body gunshot wound, according to the release. He was later pronounced dead.
Detectives believe the incident was initially a “domestic disturbance,” according to the release.
Stockton California Highway Patrol officers attempted to stop Rasi on Monday night for a speeding violation while he was driving, but he sped off, leading officers on a high-speed pursuit with others in the vehicle, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
The vehicle was disabled by spike strips and Rasi attempted to run away on foot but was apprehended by CHP officers, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities discovered firearms in the vehicle, the news release said.
The welfare check was made at the request of the CHP, which had been notified of a possible deceased person by occupants of a car pulled over in a traffic stop, the Sheriff’s Department said.
The victim’s identity will be made available by the Coroner’s Office after notification of family.
Rasi is being held at the Sacramento County jail without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
The Sheriff’s Department does not anticipate any further arrests, according to Sgt. Zach Hatch.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the Sheriff’s Department at 916-874-5115. Tips can also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com or by calling 916-874-8477.