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Sheriff: Galt shooting suspect not involved in burglary

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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 10:00 am

The man believed to have fatally shot Galt Police Officer Kevin Tonn on Tuesday was not a suspect in the original burglary call.

In the course of its investigation, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has determined the victim was a relative of a resident of the property where the burglary was reported

“In short, Officer Tonn's investigation into a reported burglary made him cross paths with a guy who just happened to be in the area carrying a gun,” Sheriff’s spokesman Jason Ramos said in a written statement this morning.

“Unfortunately, this man took extreme measures to try to avoid arrest, which would have likely happened had he been found in possession of the weapon.”

Tonn, 35, was a 3 1/2-year veteran of the Galt Police Department. He was currently a K-9 officer.

The shooting happened at about 11:35 a.m. in a field near the Union Pacific Railroad tracks north of F Street when Tonn responded to a burglary call at an apartment at the southwest corner of Third and F streets, according to investigators.

Tonn arrived and saw a door kicked in, but the suspect had left. However, Tonn saw someone running east across a field toward the railroad tracks and chased him down.

The man, who should be identified this morning by the Sacramento Coroner, reportedly shot Tonn with a handgun. He appears to be the same ethnicity and age range as the suspect in the burglary, according to Ramos.

“Officer Tonn was doing his job well, and he would have been remiss not to follow-up by at least investigating/checking this guy out to see if he was the suspect,” Ramos wrote.

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  • Robert Jacobs posted at 8:04 am on Mon, Jan 21, 2013.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    This article states: "“Officer Tonn was doing his job well,"

    I beg to differ, If he was doing his job well he would still be alive!

  • anne holiday posted at 6:13 pm on Fri, Jan 18, 2013.

    greeny Posts: 1

    From what I have read he was in his 30s. He has only had minor traffic violations..he has no record at all. I also read somewhere the cops believed he was a norteno gang member..but i highly doubt a gang member would not have anything on his record.

  • Bob Nash posted at 10:10 am on Thu, Jan 17, 2013.

    BOBn Posts: 1

    Humphrey Kenneth Gascon II. What is this guys history?

  • Marc Yates posted at 8:06 am on Thu, Jan 17, 2013.

    MWYates Posts: 22

    If he wasn't involved in the burglary, the question should be, "What was he involved in if he was carrying a gun and used it on a police officer"? There is far too much gang activity throughout California. Our lax immigration policy enforcement is leading to our demise.



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