Police: Knife-wielding intruder shot by officers at Citrus Heights Christmas tree lot

5:47 PM, Oct 31, 2013   |    comments
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CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. - An officer-involved shooting at a vacant Citrus Heights Christmas tree lot resulted in a man being taken to the hospital, and two area schools being placed on lockdown Thursday morning.

According to Citrus Heights officers on scene, police received a call around 9:15 a.m. of a man with a knife who had entered a home on the 7900 block of Oak Avenue.

While en route, police received additional information the man had entered another home before exiting and hiding out in an empty Christmas tree lot on the 7900 block of Oak. 

Officers located and approached the man, who was identified later by police as Panogiotis Eliopoulos, 29. He was ordered to drop his two knives and surrender, said police.

According to Lt. Ryan Kinnan, Eliopoulos charged officers when they tried to detain him. Officers then fired an unknown number of shots, hitting the alleged intruder at least once. 

A man unloading tools into his truck nearby said he heard a yell and looked up to see a man fall down. He described what he heard as Citrus Heights police firing approximately three semi-automatic rounds and a couple of handgun shots.

Officers tried to administer aid to Eliopoulos following the shooting, and they received minor injuries as he struggled with them, police on scene said.

Eliopoulos was eventually subdued and transported to Mercy San Juan Hospital by Sacramento Metro Fire paramedics where he was taken into surgery. He was listed in critical condition late Thursday afternoon, Kinnan said.

The suspect will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, burglary, and potential additional charges, Kinnan said.

Nearby Holy Family School was placed on lockdown as a result of the shooting, and activities at Sunrise Tech Center were cancelled for the day, according to the San Juan Unified School District. 

The lockdown at Holy Family School was later lifted.


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