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Police: Parolee fired first in Northern California shooting of officers

  • A California Highway Patrol officer and another emergency responder stop a vehicle at a checkpoint near the neighborhood where a federal immigration officer was shot and three local police officers were wounded during a violent confrontation with a suspect in the Sacramento suburb of Roseville on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Randall Benton)

ROSEVILLE — Police said a wanted parolee fired first in a shootout that left six officers injured and led to an hours-long standoff in a suburban Sacramento city before he surrendered.

Roseville police spokesman Lt. Cal Walstad said that one officer with a jaw wound and a federal agent shot in the leg remain hospitalized Saturday in serious condition. Four other Roseville officers injured by shrapnel were treated and released.

The suspect in the violent confrontation is a gang member with a criminal record that includes assault and carjacking. Samuel Nathan Duran, 32, was taken to the Placer County jail Saturday after being treated for scrapes and cuts after surrendering just after midnight.

"Last night our community experienced what can happen in any when a violent wanted felon is completely committed to not going back to jail," Police Chief Daniel Hahn said Saturday.

Duran was being held on a parole violation, but Hahn said he expected multiple charges of attempted murder would be added.

Duran's aunt told the Sacramento Bee they did not believe he fired the shots that struck the federal agent and that the police response to the incident was excessive.

"This is out of proportion — (Duran's) a parolee," Donna Sandoval said. "My nephew isn't a murderer for all this ... to happen. They shot first at my house."

State corrections officials told The Associated Press that Duran has a record stretching back to at least 2002, when he was convicted of possessing a controlled substance. In 2009, he was sentenced to four years for assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and attempted carjacking.

Records show he was paroled last in April, but that the parole was revoked in July.

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