Pet Rescuer Shot to Death By Foreclosed Homeowner, Police Say

Police say Joseph Corey shot and killed an animal control officer with a shotgun blast through the door of a Sacramento-area home

By Sharon Bernstein
|  Thursday, Nov 29, 2012  |  Updated 11:41 AM PDT
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An animal control officer trying to save pets from a foreclosed California home was shot to death by the former owner, authorities said.

Roy Curtis Marcum had gone to the Sacramento-area home after the resident called and said he could not care for them because he was being evicted by his bank, police said.

He was accompanied by a representative of the bank that had foreclosed on the home, the Sacramento sheriff’s department said.

Police did not immediately say what type of pets were in the home.

But the former owner, Joseph Corey, responded to Marcum's knock with a shotgun blast through the door, Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said in a press release.

The shot hit the animal control officer in the upper body, Ramos said, killing him.

Marcum was pronounced dead at the scene, and Corey held police at bay in a standoff that lasted several hours, Ramos said. The 45-year-old animal control officer lived in Elk Grove.

Corey, 65, was arrested at about 5 a.m. Thursday, Ramos said.

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