Animal Control Officer Killed in Galt Shooting

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Galt officials confirm the Sacramento County animal control officer who was shot Wednesday afternoon has died.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies and Galt Police are now in a standoff with the gunman, who is armed with 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, that was evicted Tuesday.

Someone from inside the home fired a shotgun through the door, hitting the animal control officer and grazing the bank officer. The bank officer is fine physically, but is shaken up.

Galt High School is no longer on lockdown, and students were allowed to go to their afternoon classes.

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. The animal control officer came with the bank officer to safeguard the animals left at the home from the day before. The resident should not have been at the home and the locks had been changed.

Deputies confirmed the address of the home to FOX40 and that they’re looking for the 65-year-old resident. They did not say whether or not the homeowner and the gunman are the same person.

Deputies and police are assuming the gunman is still alive because they have not heard any other shots. They have still not made contact.

Nearby homes have been evacuated.