Roy Curtis Marcum, the animal control officer killed Wednesday when he went to a Galt house to retrieve animals believed left by an evicted homeowner was accompanied not by a Citibank representative as originally reported, but two locksmiths hired by the bank.
Marcum was fatally shot through a closed front door, while the two locksmiths both received superficial wounds. The men were treated by medics on scene and released, Galt Police Lt. Jim Uptegrove said today.
The suspect, identified as Joseph Francis Corey, 65, was taken into custody this morning after a 17-hour police stand off. He was transported to an area hospital, according to Uptegrove, before being booked at the Sacramento County Jail on homicide charges.
Marcum, 43, of Elk Grove, worked for Sacramento County Animal Care and Licensing, which contracts with Galt for animal control services.
Authorities believe this is the first animal control officer in the nation killed while helping with an eviction process.
Wednesday’s incident, however, is eerily similar to an April incident in Modesto where a locksmith trying to serve an eviction notice was killed along with a Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department deputy.
In that case, the suspect ultimately killed himself following an hours-long police stand off.
More than 100 law officers from at least 15 agencies came to assist the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department and Modesto police. In that case, intermittent rain showers also pelted law enforcement throughout the ordeal.
In August, the widow of locksmith Glendon Engert, 35, filed a wrongful death claim against Stanislaus County claiming they did not do enough to protect his safety. Like Marcum in Wednesday’s incident, Engert was unarmed and did not wear a protective bullet-proof vest similar to those worn by police officers.
Corey had been evicted by an armed sheriff’s deputy Tuesday, but told police he had animals he was unable to care for. Marcum and the bank representative, who has not yet been identified, returned to pick up the animals when they were shot.
The representatives both received a superficial wounds from scrapnel, Uptegrove said, but onewas able to flag down a police volunteer for help. Marcum was moved to a nearby church but was declared dead on scene, according to officials.