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Gunman escapes pursuers in Rio Linda, slips through perimeter

A four-hour search for a gunman in a Rio Linda neighborhood was called off early Friday morning after the man apparently slipped through a law enforcement perimeter.

Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies said a man entered a home on Withington Avenue near West 2nd Ave., around 8 p.m. Thursday, setting off a house alarm.

A father and son subsequently chased the man, who fired a firearm at his pursuers. No one was hit by bullets in the chase.

Deputies responded to the scene, setting up a perimeter around three blocks of the area. More than a dozen residents in the area were briefly evacuated from their homes during the search for the suspect.

Sacramento County Deputy Tony Turnbull said the sweep was called off shortly after midnight Friday when the suspect was not located. Turnbull said the suspect most likely escaped before the full perimeter was established.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s, about 5-8 and wearing a white sweatshirt and black shorts.

The incident remains under investigation.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover