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Sacramento County Animal Control Officer Slain in Galt, Suspect in Custody

The officer was at the home to collect animals supposedly left behind during an eviction, and was allegedly shot by the resident.

A Sacramento County Animal Control officer was killed in an unprovoked attack at a home in Galt, authorities say.

The officer, identified by the Sacramento County Coronor's Office as 45-year-old Roy Curtis Marcum of Elk Grove, arrived at the home with a bank employee around noon Thursday.

The home in the 600 block of 1st Street was supposed to be vacant, as the resident had been evicted the previous day. Marcum was there to take custody of animals that had been left behind in the eviction, authorities say.

As soon as the pair arrived, resident Joseph Corey, 65, fired a shotgun through the closed front door, killing Marcum and grazing the bank employee, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department press release.

Marcum was taken to a nearby church where paramedics attempted to save him, but they were unsuccessful.

A 17-hour standoff with Corey ensued, with negotiations and tear gas failing to drive him out of the home. Nearby homes were evacuated, and a SWAT team made up of officers from Elk Grove and Galt took command of the incident. Around 5 a.m., the suspect moved from the home into the garage, where officers were waiting.

"As the suspect arrived in the garage area, officers deployed a Taser device, at which time the suspect attempted to retreat back into the living quarters," the sheriff's department said in a press release. "Officers caught him and took him into custody, without injury to the suspect or themselves."

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (916) 874-5115. 

Bob B November 29, 2012 at 07:41 PM
My condolences to the family of Mr. Marcum and a wish for a full recovery to the bank employee that was injured.
Keepalowprofile November 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM
This is so sad. As a retired Animal control officer, I know full well how crazy people can be about their pets. Even more so after losing their home. I hope their is a new policy put into place when being sent to foreclosure properties. Law enforcement should be present when the 24 hour notice is posted and again when the ACO is going there to retrieve animals left behind.
Joyce December 01, 2012 at 04:12 AM
I agree that law enforcement should be available when an unarmed animal control officer goes out to retrieve an abandoned animal. I am a volunteer at the Sacramento County Animal shelter and working there is like being part of a big family, all of us there for the love of the animals. I would like to express my condolences to the Marcum family and to my fellow workers at the shelter. This is such a tragic event and it will take time for all of us to go through the grief process. The shelter is taking donations for the family. Joyce Herman LMFT
shauna venegas December 05, 2012 at 05:54 PM
we will miss you sooooooooooooooooo much roy ,you were the best and very understanding.I just dont understand ,When i was crying about the cat i found and you came out ,you made me feel better .And the kitten was not put to sleep.That is wright you were the best animal man and my dog new it to.Miss you so much .
shauna venegas December 05, 2012 at 06:57 PM
to roys mother ive been watching all the video on computer I feel the pain for both you and wife .there is no one that can take his place ,There will never be another he cared for the animal so much.And i have a big heart for animals to.It is so sad,I feel for roys dog he is missing him they were best friends dog went with him .You would not think this would ever happen.That is so wright if you were so sad roy would make it better.He was allway wanting to do good for peaple.and you will be missed very much.I wake up every morning and still cant beleave this.

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