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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 7:09 am | Updated: 6:32 pm, Thu Nov 29, 2012.

The suspect in the fatal shooting of an animal control officer trying to retrieve pets from a Galt home was taken into custody early Thursday morning after an all-night standoff, authorities said.

Joseph Francis Corey, 65, was arrested around 5 a.m. by members of a SWAT team that had managed to get access to the home’s garage, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Ramos.

Ramos said Corey was unaware of the officers’ presence. They rushed him when he went to retrieve one of his dogs and took him into custody before he could retreat.

He was taken to a hospital as a precaution because officers used some force during the arrest, Ramos said.

Police had surrounded the two-story house in Galt following the Wednesday afternoon shooting.

Corey had been evicted from the home on Tuesday, when a deputy accompanied a bank official there, Ramos told the Sacramento Bee. The Bee reported (http://bit.ly/SgU6q9 ) that his home had been taken over by a bank in 2011.

The unidentified animal control officer, who also was accompanied by a bank employee, went there to tend to the pets after Corey had apparently complained he had nowhere to take the animals.

When the pair knocked, Corey fired a shotgun through the door, hitting the officer’s torso, Ramos said.

The bank employee flagged down a police volunteer, who helped pull the officer to safety, but paramedics were unable to revive him, Ramos said. The bank official suffered minor injuries but was not hit by gunfire.

Ramos said it was not known what exactly set Corey off.

“What made him take the actions Wednesday that he didn’t take Tuesday when officers had contact with him, who knows,” Ramos said.

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