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Calif. animal control officer fatally shot while retrieving pets from evicted homeowner, police say

Police and SWAT officers surround a California home following the fatal shooting of an animal control officer on Nov. 28, 2012 CBS San Francisco

Police and SWAT officers surround a Galt, Calif. home following the fatal shooting of an animal control officer on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
CBS San Francisco

(CBS/AP) GALT, Calif. - An animal control officer trying to retrieve pets from a California home was shot to death Wednesday by the former homeowner, CBS San Francisco reports.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office identified the slain officer as 45-year-old Roy Marcum. Authorities said Marcum went with a bank official to the home in Galt, about 20 miles south of Sacramento.

The homeowner, 65-year-old Joseph Corey, was evicted a day earlier. Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos said the home was supposed to be empty, but when Marcum tried to retrieve one of the dogs in the house, Corey opened fire, striking and killing the officer. Corey then barricaded himself inside the house.

After an all-night standoff, Corey was arrested around 5 a.m. by members of a SWAT team that had managed to get access to the home's garage.

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