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.