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By Mike Hazlip—
The name of the man killed in an officer-involved shooting in Citrus Heights last Thursday has yet to be released, but police confirmed in an email this week that the man was armed with a .38 caliber revolver.
The shooting occurred around 9 p.m. on Jan. 13 after police responded to a call involving a reportedly intoxicated man brandishing a firearm near Tupelo Drive and Antelope Road. Police said he was a white male in his 30s.
As of Thursday, no one matching that age and race description is listed on the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office’s decedent search page online, and a phone call to the coroner’s office on Wednesday afternoon was not immediately returned.
An employee of a nearby business on Antelope Road who could not be identified because she was not authorized to speak to the media, said employees at the business called police when they saw a man pointing a handgun at several vehicles passing by. The man was also observed banging on the doors of the business and attempting to gain entry into a parked vehicle, the employee said.
He appeared under the influence at the time, according to employees. Police also said a 911 call indicated the man appeared intoxicated.
Citrus Heights Police Lt. Chad Morris said officers attempted to deescalate the situation, but the suspect pointed a firearm at an officer during the encounter. One officer fired his service weapon striking the suspect, police said.
Officers rendered medical aid after the man was disarmed. He was then transported to an area hospital and pronounced dead.
Morris said Tuesday that police are not aware of any altercations in the area involving the man prior to the incident. In a followup email, the lieutenant said no further details are being released, noting the incident is still under investigation.
Police have not said how many shots were fired at the man during the incident, but CBS 13 reported witnesses heard six shots being fired.
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