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Roseville man who shot self faced arrest in child sex abuse case

200 block of King Road
200 block of King Road .

A man found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after barricading himself in a Roseville home Wednesday was suspected of sexually abusing a child, police said.

Detectives went to a home in the 200 block of King Road about noon to arrest the man, identified as Travis John Swol, 43, of Roseville. During officers’ surveillance of the house, Swol came outside briefly, but then went back inside the residence and refused to come out despite the detectives’ repeated requests, according to a Police Department news release.

Officers surrounded the house, and because they knew the man had access to several firearms, SWAT officers responded to assist.

After many more unsuccessful attempts to contact Swol, officers sent a camera-equipped robot in to search the house. The robot found Swol dead. Officers then entered the house, and found many firearms and rounds of ammunition, police reported.

Swol had a history of befriending juveniles, and detectives believe there are additional victims of unreported sexual abuse. Although there will be no court trial due to Swol’s death, police said victims may still want to make a report. Detectives can refer them to services available to crime victims, such as counseling. Anyone who wishes to make such a report is asked to call the Roseville Police Department at 916-774-5000, extension 1.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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