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Burglar shot by off-duty deputy sheriff

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A burglar was shot by an off-duty deputy sheriff Sunday after attempting to evade Rocklin and Roseville Police late Sunday afternoon. A white male in his mid-20s stole an undisclosed number of lottery tickets from an AM/PM store on Fairway Drive around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, reports Lt. Lon Milka. According to the on-duty clerk, the suspect fled the store in silver Honda Civic. A Rocklin Police officer patrolling the area spotted a vehicle matching the description given by the store clerk. When the officer ran the license plate, he was notified the vehicle had either been lost or stolen. Before he was able to stop the Honda, however, the driver fled. The pursuit, which lasted approximately three minutes, traveled along Sunset Boulevard and on to East Roseville Parkway and Medical Plaza Drive where the officer lost sight of him. Several citizens flagged the officer down and reported they had seen the vehicle drive into the Sutter Roseville Medical Center parking lot, Lt. Milka continued. Rocklin officers were joined by Roseville Police in searching for the suspect. Shortly before 5 p.m., residents in the Stone Canyon Drive area reported seeing a man hopping fences in their neighborhood. An off-duty deputy sheriff, who had apparently been monitoring the call, located the suspect and shot him during the confrontation. The suspect, who suffered life-threatening injuries, was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. He is expected to survive, Milka said, adding his name is not being released due to his condition. The suspect is facing charges of felony burglary, reckless evading and possession of a stolen vehicle. Anyone who witnessed this crime or who has information about the incident is asked to call the Rocklin Police Department’s Investigations Unit at (916) 625-5400. -- Staff report