Sacto 9-1-1
October 31, 2013
Update: Citrus Heights police identify suspect shot by officers

Citrus Heights police have identified the suspect shot by officers this morning as Panogiotis Eliopoulos, and said he is in critical condition at a local hospital.

Citrus Heights police said the shooting followed reports that Eliopoulos, 29, had threatened people with a knife and then charged officers. They said he was found with two knives.

Police said the incident began about 9:15 a.m. when the department received multiple calls about a man armed with knife inside a home on the 7900 block of Oak Avenue.

The man was said to be threatening people with the weapon, said Lt. Ryan Kinnan. While officers were heading to the scene, police got follow-up calls to say the man had fled the first home and forced his way into a second occupied residence.

As officers arrived and set up perimeter, the man ran out and hid in a nearby lot. There, officers found him and commanded him to comply with their orders.

The preliminary investigation indicates the suspect, while armed with the knife, charged at officers, prompting the officers to fire, Kinnan said. The suspect fell and was taken into custody. Officers rendered aid before paramedics arrived and transported the suspect to the hospital, where he was taken into surgery.

Officers were treated at the scene for minor injuries. It was not immediately known how many officers fired or how many times the suspect was hit.

Police are not sure if the man had any connection to either home and the motive for his actions is not known.

Sunrise Boulevard was closed between Woodmore Oaks Drive and Old Auburn Road but has reopened. Oak Avenue remains closed between Sunrise Boulevard and Canelo Hills Drive to conduct an investigation.

A command post was set up at Sunrise Tech Center on Sunrise Boulevard. Preschool classes that were in progress on the campus were cancelled and parents are asked to come pick up their children, said Trent Allen, spokesman for the San Juan Unified School District.

Adult education classes scheduled for the afternoon also have been cancelled, Allen said.

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