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Animal control officer killed while helping pets at home

November 28, 2012 |  3:47 pm

A Sacramento County animal control officer was fatally shot  while on duty in the town of Galt, officials said Wednesday.

Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies and Galt police are now in a standoff with the gunman, who has at least one firearm.

The animal control officer was with a bank officer to safeguard animals at a home on 1st Street, near New Hope Road, in which residents were evicted Tuesday.

Someone in the home fired a shotgun through the door, hitting the animal control officer and grazing the bank officer. The bank officer was not hurt, according to Fox 40.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos told reporters that animal control officers will sometimes assist with civil evictions and help patrol officers on routine calls for service.

Ramos said the man was actually evicted Tuesday and it's unclear how he got back in Wednesday.

Nearby homes have been evacuated.


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--Fox 40

Photo: Scene of shooting. Credit: Fox 40.