At shooting scene, Sacramento County Sheriff’s sergeant describes what happened
An active shooter situation ended with no one hurt Tuesday morning after a woman fired shots from an apartment in the La Riviera area before surrendering, authorities said.
The woman fired multiple rounds from inside an apartment unit that had three children in it but came out of the apartment with her hands up after an hourlong standoff, according to Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office spokeswomen Sgt. Tess Deterding.
The Sheriff’s Office later Tuesday identified the suspect as Kathy Miller, 31.
Law enforcement made contact with Miller shortly before she surrendered around 9 a.m., Deterding said. The three children of were not harmed, she said.
“She was cooperative, came up with her hands up and was taken into custody without incident,” Deterding said, adding that no deputies fired their weapons.
The situation started just after 8 a.m. in a complex on the 8800 block of La Riviera Drive near Salmon Falls Drive when a woman called 911 and reported an unspecified emergency, Deterding said.
Officers responding to the scene reported hearing gunfire and reported shots fired, leading to scores of sheriff’s deputies and police officers responding to the area, located near Watt Avenue. Deterding said additional shots were fired from inside as SWAT teams surrounded the apartment unit, but it was not clear whether the rounds were shot out the window toward officers or remained inside the apartment.
Contact with Miller was initiated soon after, and she surrendered fairly quickly, Deterding said.
Miller’s three young children were not hurt during the incident and are now with family members, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. A photograph provided by the Sheriff’s Office showed authorities escorting the children, three boys who looked to be 5 years old or younger, to safety after the incident.
No other suspects are outstanding.
Miller was booked in the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of discharging a firearm in an inhabited dwelling and endangering a child. She is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond.
She is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.
Deterding said it was not yet clear whether any firearms had been recovered from the apartment unit, or what type of firearm may have been used in the shooting.
The heavy police presence included multiple armored vehicles and heavily armored SWAT personnel, who could be seen entering the cordoned-off area of the apartment complex with assault weapons.
Deterding said after the situation ended that the recent death of Sacramento Police Officer Tara O’Sullivan was “certainly” a factor affecting the atmosphere among responding law enforcement personnel.
“Law enforcement officers are human and have just gone through a very recent tragedy in terms of losing Officer Tara O’Sullivan, so I think it does heighten or awareness, or at least our response, to these kinds of events,” Deterding said.