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Citrus Heights cops say man they shot had fake gun

Citrus Heights police say a man they shot in a park Thursday night pulled a fake pistol on them.

Jeffrey Leonard Matthews, 52, of Citrus Heights was shot in the lower torso, police said. He was treated and released at a hospital before being booked at Sacramento County Main Jail on charges of obstructing an officer, resisting arrest and brandishing an imitation weapon.

According to a news release Friday by the Citrus Heights Police Department:

Officers responded at 7:19 p.m. Thursday to a report of a suicidal man armed with a handgun at C-Bar-C Park, 8275 Oak Ave.

“A relative of the subject reported he had overdosed on prescription medication, and had a handgun in his waistband,” the release said.

As officers arrived, a dispatcher told them the man had brandished a handgun at a park maintenance worker.

Officers found the man. He was uncooperative and pulled a handgun “from the front of his body,” the news release said.

The officers then shot man, “striking him in the lower torso,” the release said. “Officers immediately rendered first aid to the subject. The subject was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released prior to booking.”

The handgun turned out to be a replica semi-automatic pistol.

The Citrus Heights Police Department was investigating the shooting with help from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

Call The Bee’s Hudson Sangree, (916) 321-1191.

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