Neighbors describe Citrus Heights shooting
Volleys of gunfire disrupted a typically quiet suburban neighborhood Monday night, when Citrus Heights police shot and killed a man they said was armed and acting oddly.
It was at least the fifth time in the past 2 1/2 years that police in the city of 85,000 have shot and killed a suspect.
Monday’s incident began at about 10 p.m. when police dispatchers received a report of an armed man behaving strangely on Grenola Way, near Auburn Boulevard and Van Maren Lane.
When officers arrived, the man “brandished the weapon” at them, and at least one officer opened fire, the Citrus Heights Police Department said in a news release. Emergency medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene. No officers were injured.
Citrus Heights police continued to collect evidence Tuesday morning. A home in the 7300 block of Grenola Way was dotted with multiple pink markers indicating where bullets had hit the home.
The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified the man shot and killed by police as 56-year-old Michael McClurg. Neighbors said he lived in the house with his twin brother, Timothy McClurg.
Daniel George, a neighbor, went outside after hearing the initial shots and saw Timothy McClurg in his front yard. Timothy McClurg said his brother had a gun, George said.
“He told me to get out of there because he didn’t want me to get hurt,” George said. “There were cops everywhere.”
George said he’d known the twin brothers for four years.
Neighbor Lori Hryniewicki said she and her granddaughter were watching the Olympics Monday night and heard gunshots, which they mistook for fireworks. They went outside to investigate and heard yelling followed by another series of shots.
“It was really scary,” Hryniewicki said.
Michael McClurg was divorced and worked as a contractor installing and repairing air-conditioning units, she said.
Both neighbors said they saw Michael McClurg’s ex-wife at the home last weekend.
After the shooting, officers said they found suspicious canisters nearby and called in a bomb squad. Residents were asked to evacuate. Eventually, the canisters and the McClurgs’ house were deemed safe.
The officers involved in the fatal shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave, the police department said.