Sacto 9-1-1
February 18, 2013
Deranged man killed in fight with Rancho Cordova police at home, deputies say

By Dan Hill

A man was killed in a scuffle with Rancho Cordova police officers investigating a domestic disturbance Monday, authorities said.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos said the shooting occurred in the 3400 block of Nut Plains Drive at about 5 p.m. Monday.

Ramos said the Rancho Cordova Police Department had received a call from a family member saying the suspect was "acting erratically and exhibiting bizarre behavior."

The two officers entered the home and encountered the suspect in a bedroom. Ramos said the officers reported he was acting strange and saying things that didn't make sense.

The officers attempted to detain the man for mental health professionals and weren't arresting him, Ramos said.

The officers explained that to the man, who nonetheless became combative, Ramos said. An officer unsuccessfully attempted to taser him.

"The majority of the physical altercation took place" after that, Ramos said.

Ramos said the suspect, who was unarmed, was assaulting the officers and "they had their hands full." One was beaten about the head and face, Ramos said.

The other officer pulled his weapon and fatally shot the man, Ramos said.

Neither officer required hospitalization after the fight, Ramos said.

The Sheriff's Department arrived to assist in the on-going investigation and to respond to the media. Investigators were interviewing several relatives who were in the house at the time.

The man who died wasn't identified. Ramos said he was in his mid-30s. He was staying with relatives at the house, which wasn't his permanent residence, Ramos said.

Ramos said the officer who shot the man has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of police investigations.

Call The Bee's Dan Hill, (916) 321-1067.

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