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Slain animal control officer was well-regarded

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA - The animal control officer killed while checking on the welfare of an evicted man's dogs in a Galt home was well thought of by those who knew him.

Forty-five-year-old Roy Curtis Marcum was mortally wounded when a shot tore through the front door of a residence on the 600 block of 1st Street Wednesday afternoon.  Suspect Joseph F. Corey is in custody after a 17 hours-long standoff.

STORY: Galt standoff over, suspected gunman arrested in deadly shooting

Markum lived in Elk Grove.  A former co-worker and close friend Shelley Pai says her friend was a big advocate of animal control officers wearing bullet proof vests.

"Had he been wearing a vest, it's most likely that the injury would not have been fatal," said Pai.  

 Two locksmiths accompanied Markum as he tried to gain access inside the Galt home. Those two men came to his aid following the shooting.

"There were two young men who tried to pull him to safety and we want to to reach to thank those two young men," said Pai.

Neighbors and family members say Marcum was the nicest guy.

"He'd have homeless people on the street and he'd hand them bags of dog food, he was just a nice person, there's nothing bad to say about him he's always been there," said Mark Cooper, Marcum's nephew.

One co-worker wrote:

Thanks for putting a better photo up.

He was a great guy. He loved the animals and always wanted the best for them. Roy was very caring for both the animals and the owners.

He was always willing to help.

I worked with him at Sacramento County before I came to Folsom in 2009.

I am not sure I could actually talk with anyone, I am having a tough time just processing and working thru the whole incident. It hits very close to home.

He was not doing anything that anyone of us would not have done. We knock on doors every day.

From what I understand it was pretty much a routine type call.

In an e mail from him yesterday morning, he closed it with " Stay Safe" words that will forever be with me.

The director of Sacramento County Animal Control, Dave Dickinson, said:

"We are deeply saddened with the loss of Animal Control Officer Roy Marcum. Our condolences and prayers go out to Tina, his wife, their four children and Roy's entire family, as they try to cope with the loss of Roy. He was a good officer who loved animals and people, and was well-liked by all those who worked with him and the communities he served. He exemplified the very best qualities of an animal control officer. As the heartbreaking incident that took his life demonstrates, there are real risks for an Animal Control Officer to perform in even the routine duty of checking on the welfare of an animal. Roy's dedication to see the job through and serve animals, pet owners and the County was exceptional. Our thoughts and prayers are with Roy's wife, children and family. He will be greatly missed."

Sacramento County spokesman Zeke Holst said the county's Animal Control officers patrol just under 1,000 square miles and work 365 days a year. Officers  respond to approximately 1,600 calls a month, ranging from dog bites, loose animals, injured animals in distress, animals locked in cars, and cases of animal abuse.

The dogs Marcum was checking on were taken to an animal shelter Thursday morning.

A trust fund has been established for the victim's children. Donations can be made to:

Trust fund for Roy Marcum family
Premier West Bank
Acct. #82804846
(916) 685-6546


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