By Bill Lindelof and Richard Chang
A law enforcement standoff has ended with the discovery of a woman shot dead in Rio Linda where a man earlier had telephoned to say he had killed his roommate.
The suspect, identified as 58-year-old Stephen Brainard, has been taken into custody and Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies have found the woman dead in the home on Lilac Lane.
Brainard telephoned dispatchers at about 5:30 a.m. today to say that he had shot and killed his roommate. Deputies set up a command post and tried to get the man to surrender.
Deputies were in intermittent contact over the telephone with the man. SWAT members were also called in.
Around 9:50 a.m., with SWAT members in place around the home, Brainard left the home. He was detained without incident.
A few deputies then went inside the home and found the woman dead in a bedroom. Sheriff's Department Sgt. Jason Ramos said the woman had been shot. The victim has not been identified, pending notification of her family.
"We have not identified her as yet but everything points to that she is the roommate," said Ramos.
Neighbor Dave Gamboa, 65, said he was shocked to hear about the murder.
"It's a rural and quiet area," Gamboa said. "That's why I moved here."
PHOTO CAPTION: Sheriff's deputies respond to a standoff in Rio Linda. Richard Chang/Sacramento Bee