SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. —
A man is in custody after breaking into a California Franchise Tax Board building in Sacramento County Sunday night, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said the man broke the glass windows of one of the entrances with a steel tire and then entered the building located on Butterfield Way shortly after 6:30 p.m.
The man also threatened some guards inside the building with an iron wheel he was holding, the sheriff’s office said, but it was unclear if the man attacked the guards.
According to the sheriff’s office, the man refused to come out. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Amar Gandhi said deputies used drones to help them find the man.
“We got some drones there and pinpointed a location below him, tried to establish some communication with him, actually started to get a dialog. He ran a few times there, but “Also, we were able to keep an eye on that technology.”
Gandhi said the man could not enter any of the rooms as keycard access was required. The man remained in the hallway but at some point decided to run outside, Gandhi said. Deputies set up a perimeter outside, and once the man got out, a sheriff’s office K-9 was deployed. According to the sheriff’s office, the K-9 bit the man and detained him.
“Not a single shot was fired. No real damage was done to him, just superficial wounds from the dog’s bite, but the dog was able to catch him. We were able to take him into custody,” said Gandhi. “(It’s) as peaceful an ending as we could have hoped for.”
As of Sunday night, it was still unclear why the man entered the Franchise Tax Board building in the first place.
“We don’t know what his motivations are, if he’s someone who’s upset about politics or the tax situation, we don’t know, or if he’s a homeless person looking for shelter, we don’t know yet know,” said Gandhi. .
Gandhi said the man went to the Franchise Tax Board building by driving a truck he stole from eastern Sacramento County. The sheriff’s office notified the owner of the truck, and KCRA 3 saw a tow truck remove the truck from the area.
The identity of the person who broke into the building had not been released, as of Sunday night.