A burglar who shot himself during a struggle with police inside a Healdsburg home Friday evening told his family less than two hours earlier he was going to commit suicide, a Sonoma County sheriff’s lieutenant said this afternoon.
Everardo Romo, 43, of Healdsburg, threatened to kill himself when he called his family on his cellphone around 6:15 p.m. Friday, Lt. Carlos Basurto said.
The family member reported hearing what sounded like a gunshot before the call ended, Basurto said.
Sheriff’s deputies and the sheriff’s office’s helicopter Henry-1 went to the area of Kinley Drive in unincorporated Sonoma County near southwest Healdsburg after they received information Romo’s phone was pinging in that area, Basurto said.
Deputies conducted an extensive search of the area for about 90 minutes but did not fund Romo, and they learned Romo’s phone had been shut off and was no longer pinging, Basurto said.
Deputies were still searching for Romo when he showed up at a residence in the 100 block of Kennedy Lane in southwest Healdsburg around 8 p.m., Basurto said.
A woman in the home call Healdsburg police at 7:58 p.m. to reported an unknown male intruder had entered their home and was struggling with her husband, Basurto said.
There were two young children at home at the time, Basurto said.
Healdsburg police arrived three minutes later and found the woman’s husband struggling with Romo in an attempt to detain him, Basurto said.
When the first responding Healdsburg police officer joined the struggle, Romo shot himself with a small pistol he had hidden on his person, Basurto said. Romo died at the scene.
The gun was registered to Romo, Basurto said.
At the time of the shooting, sheriff’s deputies and detectives were actively looking for Romo who was a suspect in a sexual assault case, Basurto said.
Detectives got a warrant for Romo’s arrest on Thursday but could not find him at his residence, Basurto said.
Basurto would not disclose any information about the sexual assault case.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the district attorney’s office are investigating the shooting.