Sacto 9-1-1
October 26, 2013
Roseville police say parolee fired first in shootout

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By Darrell Smith, Hector Amezcua and Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com

Roseville police say the 32-year-old suspect in a nightlong siege in Roseville fired on officers first Friday afternoon, triggering hours of confrontation that left five law enforcement officers injured.

The suspect, a parolee with a criminal record going back 11 years, finally gave himself up early this morning after lengthy negotiations with police.

Sammy Nathan Duran initially was taken to a local hospital for treatment of scrapes to his head and a gunshot wound to his hand, then booked at the Roseville jail and then taken to the Placer County Jail shortly before 9 a.m.

During a press conference this afternoon, police said the incident began on Sixth Street, where the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer was shot when officers spotted Duran and gave chase after they recognized him as being wanted for a parole violation.

View a photo gallery: Five officers injured in Roseville shootout

Investigators remain on the scene at the 600 block of Hampton and will be there for some time. "It's still an active crime scene," Roseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn told reporters.

Dena Erwin, spokeswoman for the Placer County Sheriff's Office, said Duran remains in the booking area of the main jail in Auburn as of 3:30 p.m.

"He's staying in the booking area for now, not in a housing unit," Erwin said in an email.

Duran's family members complained today that they believe the police response was unnecessary and claimed that Duran did not fire the shots that hit a federal officer in the leg and began the melee, something police flatly denied this afternoon.

Donna Sandoval, Duran's aunt, and his brother Tono told The Bee today that they believe the federal agent who confronted Duran near a city park opened fire first and that his wounds did not come from Duran firing at him.

"This is out of proportion - (Duran's) a parolee," Sandoval said. "It didn't have to happen like this. I just want to go home.

"My nephew isn't a murderer for all this (expletive) to happen. They shot first at my house."

Tono Duran also said he does not believe his brother shot the federal agent, although he did not discuss the three Roseville police officers who also were wounded in the shootout.

"My brother's alive, that's all that matters," Tono Duran said. "They won't even tell me what hospital he's at. They're trying to put him up as a straight-up killer (but) my brother was respected in this neighborhood."

Hahn had a different view of the situation, telling reporters that Duran fired first and sparked the gunfire that began the chain of events that ended about 12:30 a.m. today.

Hahn said Duran was armed with a handgun, but would not divulge whether it had been recovered yet.

Duran was wanted on a parole violation, although officers were not hunting for him when he was spotted. Instead, they were part of a task force focused on apartment complexes nearby when he was seen riding a bicycle and they gave chase.

Records from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation show a criminal history dating back to 2002. Duran has repeated parole violations and convictions on charges ranging from attempted carjacking to assault with a deadly weapon to resisting an officer with the threat of violence, records show.

Of the five officers injured, one remains hospitalized in serious condition. He is a Roseville police officer who was shot in the jaw. Another Roseville officer shot in the shoulder was released today, as was the federal officer, who was hit in the leg. Two others were treated for shrapnel wounds Friday.

Duran was arrested early Saturday after coming out of a house in the 600 block of Hampton Drive, where he had been holed up for hours following a shootout that began when the ICE officer approached him near a city park.

The standoff ended after Roseville police sent a robot into the home and relayed instructions to Duran, who surrendered and was taken away on an ambulance gurney at about 12:30 a.m.

Duran was born in Roseville and members of his family watched as the standoff continued Friday night.

Sandoval watched the saga unfold Friday night standing behind police crime scene tape clutching a rosary as the siege wore on.

"I don't want to see him in pieces," Sandoval said as she stood about three blocks from where Duran was hiding from officers.

Sandoval said Duran's mother is homeless and that she had been evicted from her house three months ago.

The siege displaced residents of the neighborhood while police tried to flush Duran out, and some were given shelter at the Maidu Community Center overnight. By this morning, all residents had left the center and it was closed.

PHOTO CREDIT: Donna Sandoval, the aunt of Sammy Duran waits to get news from him outside a police line on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee.

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