May 1, 2013
Homicide Investigation Underway After Standoff
Shortly after 5:30 a.m. today, Sheriff's deputies responded to the 400 block of Lilac Lane in Rio Linda regarding a reported shooting. A male caller stated that he had shot and killed his roommate, who was still inside the house. The caller added that he was in possession of a firearm.
Upon arrival, deputies established perimeter containment around the residence, while attempting to contact the man inside. Several nearby residents were evacuated from their homes. Members of the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Detail (SWAT) and Critical Incident Negotiations (CINT) teams responded, as well.
For the next couple of hours, deputies attempted unsuccessfully to convince the man inside to exit the residence. At approximately 9:50 a.m., he came out and surrendered to deputies without incident. A team of deputies then entered the residence and located an adult female in a bedroom of the house. She was pronounced deceased, likely as a result of multiple gunshot wounds which she received.
The male caller has been identified as fifty-eight year-old Stephen Brainard. He was to be interviewed by detectives, and then likely will be transported to the Sacramento County Main Jail for charges connected to the shooting death of the victim. Brainard's booking photograph will be released when it becomes available.The identity of the victim in this case will be released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office, after notification has been made to her next of kin.
Sergeant Jason Ramos,
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