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Teen Arrested in Homicide Case

Sheriff’s Homicide detectives have made an arrest in connection with an incident that left a man dead late Saturday evening. A 17 year-old male has been booked into Sacramento County Juvenile Hall on charges of murder and attempted robbery. His name and photograph are being withheld because he is a juvenile.


On March 30, shortly after 11:00 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 9500 block of Gerber Road regarding reports of an assault and possible shooting. In the backyard of a private residence, deputies discovered 32 year-old Ronnie Smith, who was believed to have sustained a gunshot wound to his upper body. Smith was pronounced deceased at the scene. Further investigation has revealed that Smith was not shot but rather the victim of an assault, and succumbed to the injuries he sustained during that assault.

The caller who reported this incident did so in response to a 17 year-old male who had come to his door asking for help after he, too, had been assaulted. This 17 year-old was taken to a hospital and treated for his injuries. Detectives later contacted this individual pursuant to this incident.

Further investigation revealed that the teenage male had gone to the residence on Gerber Road with the intent to commit a robbery. During the course of his actions, further events transpired which were directly responsible for the victim, Smith, being fatally assaulted. Due to his actions, detectives determined that there was probable cause to arrest the 17 year-old suspect for the charges he was booked on.

This investigation is ongoing, and Homicide detectives are seeking to identify other individuals who may be connected to this incident. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Sheriff’s Homicide detectives at (916) 874-5115.

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