Authorities have identified the Galt police officer killed this morning while responding to a burglary as 35-year-old Kevin Tonn, who has been with the department 3 1/2 years.
"He was a very well respected, very proactive member of our department," said Galt police Lt. Jim Uptegrove. "His loss is extremely tragic to us and to our community."
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The suspected shooter, a man in his 30s or 40s, also died from what were apparently self-inflicted injuries, said Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos.
Ramos said the officer confronted the subject about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday following a burglary call in the 200 block of F Street. Later, the officer called for emergency back up.
A second officer, responding to the scene, radioed in that shots had been fired and an officer was down. The first officer, Tonn, was transported to Kaiser Permanente South Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
It is the first line-of-duty death for the Galt Police Department, which has about 30 to 40 officers.
After learning of Tonn's death, city officials canceled the City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday night.
Photo captions: Top, Wearing black bands over their badges in sympathy for fellow Officer Kevin Tonn, 35, who died in the line of duty Tuesday, Galt police Lt. Jim Uptegrove, center, leaves the podium with fellow officers. Bottom, The scene where a Galt police officer was killed on Tuesday. Photo by Renee C. Byer / firstname.lastname@example.org
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