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Update: Police: No Weapons Found at Scene of Sierra Gardens Drive Shooting

Paul Lawson Storey was killed in an officer-involved shooting after officers responded to a domestic disturbance.

No weapons were found at the scene of a shooting Saturday night in Roseville in which police killed a resident.

Paul Lawson Storey of Roseville was shot and killed following a physical altercation with an officer responding to a domestic disturbance at a home on Sierra Gardens Drive, police said.

According to Roseville Police, officers responded at 10:53 p.m. Saturday to the dispute at a residence in the 1600 block of Sierra Gardens Drive where Storey reportedly pushed his wife. Storey was allegedly very intoxicated and reportedly armed with a baseball bat, according to police.

When police arrived at the residence, they contacted Storey’s wife and found Storey had fled on foot, according to Dee Dee Gunther with the Roseville Police Department. Just after 11 p.m., Roseville Police received a call from a resident in the 1700 block of Tanglewood Lane who reported seeing a male jump over a fence, on a resident’s roof-top and armed with what appeared to be a handgun, Gunther said. The description matched that of Storey.

Officers surrounded the neighborhoods; Storey returned back to Sierra Gardens Drive, where the shooting took place, Gunther said.

Officers attempted to take Storey into custody, but an altercation ensued as he resisted arrest, police said.

According to Roseville Police, one officer on the scene feared for his safety and shot the male suspect. The Roseville man was pronounced dead at the scene, police report.

Gunther said they could not release information regarding where on Storey’s body he was shot or how many shots were fired, due to the ongoing investigation.

However, a few residents on Sierra Gardens Drive said they heard multiple shots fired.

One resident, who wished remain anonymous, said she was awoken by the sound of multiple gunshots. She later found out that one of her neighbors had been shot and killed.

She said didn’t know the Storey family, but was surprised something like this happened here in her “quiet neighborhood.”

“It was the first time I’ve heard of anything happening like this in this neighborhood,” she said. “It’s unfortunate, but I’m glad to hear that it’s not gang related.”

Some residents questioned the shooting and whether or not Storey was armed with a weapon.

“No weapons were recovered at the scene of the shooting,” Gunther said.

However, during a search of Storey’s residence, officers found a baseball bat and several authentic-looking firearm replicas, according to Gunther.

The incident is being investigated by the Roseville Police Investigations Unit, and the investigation will be monitored by the Placer County District Attorney’s Office according to the department’s protocol for officer-involved shootings.  The two officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, also according to department protocol.

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TheRealBigCouchPotato September 26, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I don't have any replica firearms, but I do have a baseball bat at my house. What relevance does the fact that Storey had a baseball bat or cap pistols have to the investigation? I'm not saying the cops weren't in fear for their lives. That may be true, and the shooting may have been justified. What I do say is that having a baseball bat in the house at least on the surface, seems irrelevant.
celli cell February 16, 2013 at 01:40 AM
I think they said that because earlier they were reporting he had the bat with him, and later found out it was at the house. This cop should be punished with jail time.
Ernie Stoddard April 08, 2013 at 04:25 AM
Some residents questioned the shooting and whether or not Storey was armed with a weapon. “No weapons were recovered at the scene of the shooting,” Gunther said.

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