Suspect booked after firefight in Galt
By Cole Mayer
A man is in custody after exchanging gunfire with his sister in Galt Tuesday morning.
Lonnie Ray Orman, 41, was taken into custody in El Dorado Hills without incident and booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted homicide, according to a press release from the Galt Police Department.
At approximately 6:35 a.m. Tuesday morning, officers responded to a report of a shooting into a residence. They discovered the victims, Orman’s sister and her husband, had exchanged fire with Orman after the suspect was denied entrance to the residence.
Orman, believed by the family to be suffering from delusions, believed his niece was being harmed. Upon being denied entrance, he began firing through the front door into the residence. Orman’s sister retrieved a handgun and began returning fire. Orman’s brother-in-law was struck by a bullet in the shoulder during the firefight. Orman left in his vehicle. The vehicle, according to an earlier report was a gray Ford F-350.
Orman was quickly discovered to be traveling east on Highway 50 by pinging his cell phone, according to the press release. At approximately 8:30 a.m., Orman was located by officers on Highway 50 at Bass Lake Road and taken into custody. According to an earlier report, he was taken to UC Davis for medical treatment.
Orman was found to have suffered a gunshot wound to his lower extremities during the earlier gunfire exchange, according to the press release. The wound was not considered life-threatening, and once medically cleared, Orman will be booked into Sacramento County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted homicide.
Orman’s brother-in-law is being treated at a local hospital and is expected to recover.
No evidence was found that Orman’s niece was in danger, nor was she harmed.
Orman, according to the press release, lives in Oregon, but was staying with his parents in Galt, in the same neighborhood as his sister and her family.