74-Year-Old Man Suspected of Fatally Shooting Woman Outside His Home

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WEST SACRAMENTO -- Police arrested a 74-year-old man Wednesday after a woman was shot to death in West Sacramento.

At 12:20 p.m., West Sacramento officers were called to a home on Beardsley Drive near Elkhorn Plaza. The police department says right as officers approached the homeowner's front yard he admitted to shooting a 50-year-old woman.

Police have not said how many times the woman was shot, but multiple neighbors tell FOX40 they heard two shots separated by about six seconds.

The woman died at the scene.

Early Wednesday evening, Ronald Mehler was questioned and arrested on a murder charge.

"To see them come out with their big rifles and guns. And yelling at people and, 'Get out of the way' and 'Ron, come out with your hands up.' So yeah, it was really scary," said neighbor Jaunita Garcia.

Those who live in the neighborhood say Mehler has lived on Beardsley Drive for decades. Michelle Jimenez says she has lived on the street her entire life and recalls the suspect not being afraid to show his firearm.

"I just remember him shooting it in the air, it wasn’t nothing, like it frightened me because I was a little girl. But besides that that was it. I've never seen him be violent outside," Jimenez said.

Garcia says she has lived next to the man since the late '70s, however, her interactions with him were always simple.

“We didn’t visit like I would with family and other friends. 'Hi, how are you?' 'How are you today?' That kind of stuff. But that’s about it," Garcia said.

Police have not confirmed who the two individuals are, why the shooting took place or if there is any relationship between the man and the woman.

Correction: An earlier version of this story listed the suspect as an 80-year-old man. His age has been corrected to reflect police reports.

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