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Shots fired at Arden Arcade apartments. A SWAT team responded but suspect got away

Sheriff’s deputies and SWAT teams were unable to locate the suspect at an Arden Arcade apartment complex after shots were fired Friday morning, authorities said.

Deputies believed a suspect was barricaded in an apartment at Bel Air Apartments on the 3500 block of Morse Avenue, near Edison Avenue, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Sgt. Tess Deterding said. The complex’s remaining units were evacuated, according to Deterding.

The suspect was not located in the apartment and likely left before deputies arrived, Deterding said, and SWAT operations ended around 2:30 p.m.

“In terms of someone being armed and dangerous in the community, that does not appear to be the case,” Deterding said. “Right now, it looks like an isolated incident.”

The suspect is described as a male in his 20s with brown hair and a goatee, according to a press release from the sheriff’s department.

Law enforcement first received reports of an individual firing a BB gun at about 7 a.m., according to Deterding. Arriving deputies then discovered evidence the shots had been fired from a real firearm, Deterding said.

A female victim was transported to the hospital with injuries of an unknown source, but Deterding said they are not consistent with a gunshot wound. The injuries are not life-threatening, she said.

Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact the sheriff’s department at (916) 874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP. Tips can be left anonymously at or (916) 874- TIPS (8477).

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.