Sacto 9-1-1
February 14, 2011
Motive in fatal shooting near Foothill Farms still unknown

By Hudson Sangree and Niesha Lofing
hsangree@sacbee.com

Sacramento County sheriff's officials said they have not determined a motive for the fatal shooting of a woman and wounding of an 11-year-old girl in a Foothill Farms neighborhood Sunday.

Sacramento County coroners have identified Tiffany Marie O'Hanlon, 37, as the woman fatally shot, allegedly by her husband, John Pierce, 36.

Pierce is being held without bail on suspicion of murder and assault with a deadly weapon in Sacramento County Main Jail. He is suspected of shooting O'Hanlon and her 11-year-old daughter at about 11 a.m. Sunday in the 5300 block of Valparaiso Circle, sheriff's deputies said.

O'Hanlon was found dead at the scene. The girl, who ran to a neighbor's house, was shot in the arm, deputies said. She is expected to recover from her injuries.

The name of the girl has not been released.

Deputy Jason Ramos said detectives who interviewed Pierce reported that he has not been forthcoming about the circumstances that led to the shooting. Ramos said Pierce had no known criminal record and there had been no previous disturbance calls to the residence.

Pierce is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The 11-year-old girl was to taken to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment. Two boys, 5-year-old twins, were not injured and were placed in the care of Child Protective Services.

Call The Bee's Hudson Sangree, (916) 321-1191

O'Hanlon was found dead at the scene. The girl, who rain to a neighbor's house, was shot in the arm, deputies said. She is expected to recover from her injuries.

The name of the girl has not been released.

Pierce is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Call The Bee's Hudson Sangree, (916) 321-1191.

Previous coverage:

Foothill Farms woman killed, daughter wounded; husband in custody - Feb. 14, 2010

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