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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Man slain by store worker was parolee with violent past

SacbeeA parolee with a history of violent crime was shot and killed by a Rosemont shop employee during a brazen armed robbery in a gritty strip mall Sunday afternoon, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said.

The tiny Metro PCS cellphone store at 8975 Folsom Blvd. was closed up tight on Monday and investigators were piecing together the chain of events that led to the shooting.

Deputies had been called to the business as many as 10 times in the past year for disturbances and "overaggressive customers," and the shop was robbed at gunpoint in October, sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos said.

"This guy picked the wrong business to rob," Ramos said.

The drama unfolded about 3 p.m. Sunday, when a man with a handgun walked into the family-owned franchise tucked between a nail salon and a Korean fast-food joint. At the time, two employees were manning the store, and no customers were inside, Ramos said.

But one of the employees had his own handgun and shot the would-be robber several times, Ramos said. He then called 911 and told dispatchers he had shot a gunman attempting to rob the store.continue reading...

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