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Deputies shoot and kill armed man to end Auburn standoff

Law enforcement vehicles and personnel set up near the site of a shootout on the outskirts of Auburn on Sunday afternoon.
Law enforcement vehicles and personnel set up near the site of a shootout on the outskirts of Auburn on Sunday afternoon. Sacramento Bee

Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed an armed Auburn man who had barricaded himself inside a burning home Sunday and fired at officers and neighboring houses for several hours.

The man, who was not immediately identified, had been holed up inside a home on the 11800 block of Kemper Oaks Court since about 10:45 a.m., Placer County Sheriff’s spokesman John Poretti said in a news conference.

Deputies had responded to 911 reports of shots being fired. In the hours that followed, police evacuated homes and warned people to stay away from the area. The man was killed by an officer at around 4 p.m. after firing “hundreds of rounds” during a standoff that lasted more than five hours.

Poretti said the man had been inside the home with his girlfriend when he became upset with her and attacked her with bear repellent. The woman, who escaped shortly after, was not injured seriously.

The man lived in the house, Poretti said, and was in his 50s. Officials did not release his name or address Sunday.

A fire started in the home at about 2:30 p.m. Poretti said it was not clear if the fire, which began in the garage, was caused by the man or by tear gas thrown by sheriff’s special-enforcement team members.

“Before the house was fully engulfed in flame, he was firing out of different windows and different locations in the house, almost 360 (degrees),” Poretti said. “He was all over the place.”

Poretti said the man had used a pistol, shotgun and automatic weapon to shoot at officers and nearby houses. No officers or neighbors were injured.

Neighbors were evacuated or told to remain inside for hours Sunday after shots pierced the quiet of the Kemper Oaks neighborhood. Helicopters circled the neighborhood as thick black smoke billowed from the home.

“There was shooting all over the place,” neighbor Veronica Cornu told The Bee. Cornu has lived in the neighborhood for about 10 years and described the man as quiet.

The man was near the back door to the home when he was shot, Poretti said.

Attempts by the special-enforcement team and sheriff’s hostage negotiators to communicate with the man were unsuccessful, sheriff’s officials said in a press release. The man continued shooting as fire engulfed the home. A SET member returned fire, killing the man.

Firefighters went in to battle the blaze after the shootout ended.

Smoke from the fire dissipated as night fell on the well-kept neighborhood of newer houses. At about 5 p.m., officers began allowing residents to return to their homes to inspect them for gunfire damage.

Call The Bee’s Marissa Lang at (916) 321-1038. Follow her on Twitter at @Marissa_Jae.