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Man arrested in homicide death of roommate in North Highlands ‘altercation,’ sheriff says

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A North Highlands man has been arrested in connection with the homicide death of his roommate over the weekend, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said.

Grant Sherman, 21, was arrested and booked into Sacramento County jail Saturday after homicide detectives determined his roommate Austin Sweet, 22, died of injuries suffered during an altercation between the two, the Sheriff’s Office said Monday in a news release.

Deputies responded just after 2 a.m. Saturday to the 5300 block of Jackson Street of North Highlands, where Sweet was found unresponsive with “visible injuries,” the news release said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by fire personnel.

Sherman’s booking photo shows him with a black eye, and inmate booking logs indicate he is being held facing a charge of voluntary manslaughter. His bail is set at $300,000.

The homicide remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 916-874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-4357.

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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.