Sheriff: Galt Officer Not Murdered by Original Burglary Suspect

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Scene of the incident Tuesday afternoon.


The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department is saying that the person suspected of murdering Galt Police officer Kevin Tonn Tuesday is not the burglary suspect wanted in the original call.

Tonn was responding to a suspected burglary incident near F and 2nd streets late Tuesday morning. According to the sheriff’s department, Tonn contacted a person in the area, thanks to a reasonable suspicion that that person was connected to the possible burglary. That man then allegedly opened fire and killed Tonn.

“[T]his guy just happened to be a bad guy with a gun who was in the area, and his path crossed with that of Officer Tonn during the course of Galt PD’s investigation,” Sergeant Jason Ramos wrote in a statement.

Ramos also notes that possible burglary suspect described in the original call is actually a relative of the residence where the burglary was reported.

The murder suspect took his own life after shooting Tonn. His identity has not been released at this time.

A candlelight vigil is planned for Tonn Wednesday afternoon at Galt Community Park, starting at 7 p.m.

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