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Animal Control Officer Shot

An animal control officer was shot Wednesday in Galt.

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Animal Control Officer Roy Marcum was killed doing what he loved – rescuing animals. Saturday, hundreds gathered to say goodbye to Roy.

“I am proud to say he was my father,” said Jackie Marcum, Roy’s daughter.

“Roy saved every love letter, every card, every note Tina had ever written him. I know he’s up there cringing that we found that,” said Ruben Hernandez, Roy’s friend.

At times there was laughter, and at other times it was hard to fight back tears.

His childhood friend, Hernandez said Roy fell in love with animals when was three.

“She [Roy’s mom] found Roy and Mikey back there feeding a pony,” Hernandez said.

And that passion to help continued over the years. Roy served with the U.S. Air Force and worked as a Sacramento Animal Control Officer for 14 years.

Roy woke up that Wednesday prepared to do his job like he always did. But, on the other side of the door at a Galt home, police say Joseph Corey was armed and dangerous – firing and killing Roy.

Instead of remembering how Roy died, his childhood friend said we should all remember how he lived.

“He would want us to celebrate his friend. Sergeant Walton of the Galt PD, who rushed in harm’s way to pull Roy out,” Hernandez said.

Roy leaves behind his wife and two children.

“He’s now a beautiful angel who used to live on earth,” Jackie said.

But she says her father taught her life is precious, and we all should cherish it.

“We love and miss him so much. But, like my dad always said, ‘it’s all good,’” Jackie said.

If you would like to help the Marcum family, a memorial fund is set up at the Premier West Bank in Elk Grove.


What should have been murder defendant Joseph Corey’s arraignment on charges he shot and killed Sacramento County Animal Control Officer Roy Marcum, lasted about two minutes.

The court appearance was continued to Jan. 4 because the Sacramento County Public Defenders office is overloaded on cases.

It’s not that unusual. The SC Public Defenders office typically passes on 50 percent of high profile murder cases. The office of 90 attorneys deals with 40,000 cases a year.

With so many cases on their docket, they told FOX40 they can’t devote the time and attention necessary to defend someone against a possible life sentence or even the death penalty.

Joseph Corey’s case will likely be handed off to the Conflict Criminal Defenders, high profile attorneys contracted with Sacramento County to step in when the burden gets too great on the public defenders.

In light of Roy Marcum’s death, Sacramento County Animal Control Officers will be issued bulletproof vests. All 10 officers will get a vest, to be worn at all times just like a police officer would. The vests cost $700 a piece, for a grand total of $7,000 in county costs.

The director of Animal Control told FOX40 he hopes to implement the policy as soon as possible, as soon as funding can be secured.


Joseph Corey, the man who deputies say killed a Sacramento County Animal Control officer last week, was officially booked into jail Monday.

Friday, two days after the shooting and ensuing standoff, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Spokesman Sargent Jason Ramos said Corey hadn’t been medically cleared yet.

Now that Corey is in jail, he has 72 hours to be arraigned.


The family of Joseph Corey tell FOX40 that they can’t believe he allegedly shot and killed an animal control officer Wednesday for trying to get his dogs.

“To kill somebody is very bad,” said Sarah Corey, Joseph’s ex-wife.

Sarah didn’t get much sleep Wednesday night. She knew Joseph was in a lot of trouble.

“I was afraid he was going to get shot for sure by the SWAT team,” she said.

Sarah was married to Joseph for 17 years. She had four children with him, so when deputies told her that Joseph had shot someone and was now barricaded in his home, she was shocked.

“He’s never done anything violent like that. I just can’t believe it that he would do something like that,” she said.

She told FOX40 that Corey was a firefighter in Fairfax, Va., and for a private lab company in Livermore, Calif. Sarah says he was a good father and a good man but as he got older, his mental stability began to slip.

“He definitely has some mental problems. I think he needs to be in a home,” said Sarah Corey.

Over the past couple of years, she says Joseph became extremely compulsive.

“Just mainly not throwing away papers collecting papers hoarding boxes,” said Sarah Corey.

Sarah says Joseph became a shut in. His eight dogs and his things became his whole world, and she believes the thought of losing it all caused him to snap.

“He loved them it was his only companion,” said Sarah Corey.

Mental illness runs in the family, she told FOX40. Sarah hopes Joseph gets the help he needs behind bars.

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Victim in Galt Shooting Mourned


The Sacramento County Animal Shelter resumed normal hours Thursday.

The shelter was closed Wednesday after the shooting death of Animal Control Officer Roy Marcum. Marcum was shot and killed at a home in Galt while checking on dogs that had been left behind in an eviction.

“We are deeply saddened with the loss of Animal Control Officer Roy Marcum,” Shelter Director Dave Dickinson said in a written statement. “Our condolences and prayers go out to Tina, his wife, their four children and Roy’s entire family, as they try to cope with the loss of Roy.”

Dickinson said that Marcum “exemplified the very best qualities of an animal control officer.”

“The family is going through hell. They lost their dad, their husband, their best friend,” said Marcum family friend Shelley Pai.

Marcum is described by other friends as genuine, compassionate and gentle.

“The thing that stands out the most is that it was not just a job for him,” said friend Jean Kelly, describing Marcum’s work with Animal Control. “It’s a horrible loss.”

The Marcum Family is accepting donations to his kids’ trust fund. Funds can be transferred at any Premier West Bank branch to number 82804846.

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Galt Shooter’s Dogs Removed from Home


The dogs and cats that an animal control officer was trying to remove when he was shot and killed outside a Galt home, are being removed Thursday morning.

Sacramento County animal control officer Roy Marcum and another man went to the home Wednesday to retrieve the dogs and cats. The resident, Joseph Corey, had been evicted the day before, and should not have been there.

When the two approached the home, they talked briefly with the man inside, presumably Corey. Then, a shot was fired through the door, killing Marcum and injuring the other man in the face.

Joseph Corey
Photo released by Galt PD

After about 17 hours, Corey came outside his home to get one of his dogs. It was at this time that officers on scene say they used a bean bag round to subdue Corey and arrest him.

The dogs and cats are being taken away by Sacramento City Animal Control, and they will be housed in an undisclosed shelter.

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Galt Shooting Suspect Finally Arrested


A Galt man, who refused to come out of his home after killing an animal control officer, has finally been arrested.

Around 5:30 Thursday morning, about 17 hours after the shooting, Joseph Corey was taken into custody outside his home.

He stepped onto an outside staircase, heading downstairs to a garage area, when SWAT officers shot him with a bean bag round.

He is expected to be booked into the Sacramento County jail for murder.

Corey, 65, had been evicted from his home Tuesday, but had several animals at the home.

The Sacramento County Animal Control officer, identified by FOX40 sources as Roy Marcum, and a bank officer went to Corey’s home Wednesday to take custody of the 8-10 dogs and cats.

A shot was fired from inside the home, killing Marcum. The bank officer has a minor injury to his face and will be ok. He was able to run from the home and alert a Galt Police Department volunteer.

Officers talk to Joseph Corey after taking him into custody

The man inside, Corey, then refused to come out for responding officers. Later Wednesday night, officers were able to call Corey and talk to him by phone for a short time.

When he would not come out, gas canisters were thrown into the home around 10:30 Wednesday night.

He finally came outside to go to the downstairs garage Thursday morning.




Well into the 11th hour of a standoff, Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies began firing gas canisters into the home at 633 First Street in Galt Wednesday night.

Inside the home, deputies say 65-year-old Joseph Corey is holed up, armed with at least one firearm. Corey is believed to have fired a single shotgun blast through his front door early Wednesday afternoon, killing an animal control officer.

Corey had been evicted a day earlier. The animal control officer, identified by FOX40 sources as Roy Marcum, and a bank representative returned to the home to get Corey’s pets. Deputies tell FOX40 that Corey had between eight and 10 dogs and cats.

Marcum was hit in the upper body and the bank representative was grazed in the neck area. Marcum was driven to safety, but paramedics were unable to revive him.

The gunman had not surrendered as of 11:30 Wednesday night, despite many gas canisters being fired into the home. Sheriff’s Spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos told FOX40 that the fact that Corey may be a hoarder would play a factor in why the gas wasn’t taking a more immediate effect like it would in other, similar situations.

A neighbor described Corey to FOX40 as a “recluse.” The neighbor said, in his 10 years living in the area, he had only seen Corey come out of his house once.

Rowena Shaddox and Ian McDonald contributed to this report.

The neighbor of a man suspected of killing an animal control officer describes him as a hermit.

Deputies are still unwilling to identify the shooter, but the owner of the home is 65-year-old Joseph Corey.

Corey’s neighbor told FOX40 that he’s only seen him once in the last 10 years.