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Marysville murder suspect gunned down
Beale airman killed in shootout with Santa Clara police
The suspect in Saturday night's deadly shooting of a 19-year-old woman he had been dating was killed Sunday afternoon in an armed confrontation with Santa Clara police, Marysville police said.
Ian Sloan York, 21, an airman stationed at Beale Air Force Base, was shot and killed by Santa Clara police in Saratoga Creek following an exchange of gunfire, authorities said. Marysville police had notified authorities that York had possibly fled to the Santa Clara area after Saturday's fatal shooting.
A man matching York's description was spotted about 11 a.m. by a Santa Clara officer. When the officer tried to stop the man, York reportedly fired shots at the officer.
The officer returned fire, and York jumped a fence and fled toward nearby Saratoga Creek. Additional officers from Santa Clara, a SWAT team, the Sunnyvale Public Safety Department and the California Highway Patrol responded and surrounded the area. Officers and York exchanged shots, and York was struck and killed.
Sgt. Ray Carreira of the Santa Clara Police Department said the second confrontation with York took place less than an hour after the original officer encounter.
"All efforts were made to contain this person and protect the community," Carreira said. "We have every reason to believe this was the suspect from Marysville."
Marysville police identified the man killed as York. Carreira said it was unclear why York may have gone to Santa Clara, but York's MySpace page has a entry from Thursday that referred to making a trip to the Bay Area that night.
Of York's death, Marysville police Sgt. John Osbourn said, "It's unfortunate that anyone more had to lose their life."
Osbourn said police were still investigating the case, including York's background and what might have prompted the shooting.
York was wanted in connection with homicide and attempted homicide charges for gunning down the woman and wounding a 21-year-old man at an apartment complex in the 2300 block of Cheim Boulevard.
Police reported receiving a 911 call of shots fired about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The shooting occurred after an earlier domestic dispute between York and the woman, police said.
The woman died at Rideout Memorial Hospital of a single gunshot wound to the chest, police said. The male victim was treated for a gunshot wound at Rideout and released.
Indianapolis television station WTHR identified the woman as Kelly Roome, a 2009 graduate of Greenwood High School and the school's homecoming queen. York was also a Greenwood graduate, in 2006, according to his MySpace page.
York's page also indicated he was enrolled at Yuba College and California State University, Sacramento, where he was apparently seeking a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. His academic status, if any, at those schools could not be determined Sunday evening.
York had Roome listed as a friend on his MySpace pages, but he was listed as "single."
Roome's MySpace page, which also listed her name as Kelly Marie, had a private setting. Her most recent login appeared to be on Friday. Her mood on the site was "adventurous."
Wes Porter, manager at the apartments complex, said the couple moved in about three weeks ago.
"I came out to tell them to move their cars because they were in the wrong spot," Porter said shortly after the shooting occurred. "I heard a shot. I thought it might have been fireworks.
"They were under the influence of alcohol, drunk. They were arguing," Porter said.
A witness at the complex said York became enraged earlier in the evening when Roome put her arm around another man when they were at the Shelter Cove Apartments on Lincoln Road in Yuba City.
That incident apparently led to an argument and the fatal shooting in Marysville.
Witnesses told police York left the scene in a black Chrysler Crossfire. Placer County deputies later located the vehicle abandoned in rural Placer County. The police broadcast after the shooting said York was armed with a 9 mm Glock handgun.
Airman 1st Class Chuck Broadway, a spokesman for Beale Air Force Base, said York was an airman first class with the base Security Forces. He had been stationed at Beale since December 2007. His record there did not have any other notable points, Broadway said.