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Suspect in Galt officer shooting is identified

GALT, Calif. - The man suspected of shooting and killing Galt police Officer Kevin Tonn before turning the gun on himself Tuesday was identified by the Sacramento County coroner as 30-year-old Humphrey Gascon of Galt.

Gascon was not the burglar initially sought in the area as first thought.

In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Galt police Lt. Jim Uptegrove said Gascon did not have any previous convictions. He said Gascon only had a few minor traffic violations before Tuesday's shooting.

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According to Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos, Gascon had a similar description to the burglary suspect Galt police were seeking, and was therefore contacted by Tonn. [The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department also responded to the shooting.]

"We have determined that the deceased suspect (and alleged murderer of Officer Tonn) is NOT the same person who was the initial suspect in the burglary call for service that Galt PD responded to," said Ramos. "So in short, Officer Tonn's investigation into a reported burglary made him cross paths with a guy who just happened to be in the area carrying a gun. Unfortunately, this man took extreme measures to try to avoid arrest, which would have likely happened had he been found in possession of the weapon."


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