Sacto 9-1-1
October 28, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 Crime Q&A: What led to fatal shooting of deputy in 1979?

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QUESTION: What are the details of the shooting death of Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Boone on Oct. 25, 1979? DetectiveBoone was posthumously awarded for the Sheriff's Deprtment Medal of Valor and the Sheriff' Department Facebook page has a post memorializing him.
Submitted by: Jerry K., Sacramento

ANSWER: Detective Christopher W. Boone, 31, was shot and killed while on a surveillancae assignment at the residence of a woman who had been the victim of a series of obscene and threatening phone calls.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department website, on the morning of Oct. 25, 1979, the suspect called the woman while Boone was at the home and indicated that he intended to confront her at the home that day. The suspect arrived at the residence a short time later.

When the suspect, later identified as Robert Leroy Day, entered the home, Detective Boone identified himself and told Day that he was under arrest. Day attempted to run from the residence, but Boone caught him at the front door. In the struggle that followed, Boone was fatally shot.

According to the Sheriff's Department, a subsequent investigation determined that Day had come to the residence intending to sexually assault the woman.

Day was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Now 56 years old, he is at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione.

Detective Boone was posthumously awarded the Sheriff's Department Medal of Valor. In 1986, the Sheriff's Department's north station was officially dedicated in memory of Boone.

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