Rancho Cordova Neighborhood Grateful

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September 15, 2015
Edward Smith


Rancho Cordova Neighborhood Grateful

The Rancho Cordova community where Negrara Way is situated is finally quiet, serene and peaceful once again.

Neighbors in this area are extremely grateful to the Rancho Cordova Police Department and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department SWAT officers and negotiators.

As you will recall, on the anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attack, this past Thursday, a man started firing rounds out of a machine gun outside of his house in what neighbors say is normally a very calm neighborhood.

It was a little past 2:00 p.m. and 107 degrees outside when the SWAT team arrived on Negrara Way.

Officers rolled on the scene to confront a man shooting off about 100 rounds directed at a neighboring house.

Before an arrest could be made, the suspect ran into a home and barricaded himself there for nearly two hours.

He finally surrendered after pressure from the SWAT negotiators.

Law enforcement officers retrieved a machine gun and found a dead dog in the suspect’s house.

The suspect is being held on $1 million bail for charges related to assault with a machine gun, cruelty to animals and grossly discharging a firearm in a negligent manner.

Deputies accidentally shot another man when they mistakenly thought a cell phone in his hand was a gun.

Sheriffs’ deputies had to evacuate some occupants of the neighborhood and lock down Williamson Elementary School in the interest of public safety.

Great reporting by local news agencies helped spread the word that Coloma Road near Aramon and Beclan Drive near Zinfandel Drive were areas to avoid.

Pacific Gas and Electric had to be called in as well. Worker’s performed an evacuation after residents reported a strong odor of gas in the area.

Apparently, during the hail of gunfire a gas line was pierced.

One resident, Margaret Rhode, wrote a letter to the editor of the Sacramento Bee expressing her gratitude to the brave and courageous workers of the agencies called to the scene in this incident. She said that her house was used by officers during their investigation. Her home was conveniently situated so that it gave officers access to the shooter and his residence.

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