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By Kim Minugh and Andy Furillo
The Sacramento Bee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A correctional officer in full uniform was shot to death in his south Sacramento garage as he prepared for work Wednesday morning - a brazen crime that reverberated across the state.
Sacramento police described Steve Lo's slaying as an "extremely disturbing crime." A corrections official lamented "a great loss." Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called for Capitol flags to be flown at half-staff.
"We are forever grateful for Officer Steve Lo's dedication to serving our state," the governor said in a news release. "His commitment will never be forgotten."
Lo, 39, was readying to leave for his shift at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville just before 5 a.m. when he was shot in the garage of his home on the 8400 block of Tambor Way, said Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Matt Young.
Lo was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.
Police released no motive for the killing, but Young said that, among other possibilities, detectives were investigating whether Lo's work played a role in his death.
"Obviously, this is extremely serious, and this is an extremely disturbing crime," Young said. "Anything's possible. Until we get further along in the investigation, we're keeping all possibilities on the table."
No arrests had been made by Wednesday evening and no suspect descriptions had been released.
Crime scene tape kept the scene cordoned off late in the afternoon. Tambor Way, just west of Highway 99 and north of Elk Grove city limits, is lined with newer two-story homes with small but well-kept front lawns.
Attempts by The Bee to reach Lo's family were unsuccessful.
A husband and father of five, Lo had been a correctional officer for about three years and had been assigned to the California Medical Facility since March 2006, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
He began working for the department in November 2005, said spokeswoman Terry Thornton.
She declined to say whether officials believe Lo was targeted because of his profession.
Thornton acknowledged a possible connection is being investigated, but added, "I'm not going to elaborate on anything."
Lance Corcoran, spokesman for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, was more direct.
"Obviously, being in full uniform, there was no mistaking that Officer Lo was a peace officer in California and we believe he was murdered because of his service to the citizens of California," he said.
"Oftentimes, gang members achieve status within their particular gang by murdering not just a citizen, but a peace officer."
However, Corcoran said he had no evidence that Lo's death had anything to do with his job or any former inmates with whom he may have had a problem.
Police said they do not yet know if the killing was gang-related.
In a written statement, corrections Secretary Matthew Cate described the shooting as a "heinous act."
"Officer Lo was a well-respected, professional officer who carried out his duties with diligence and humanity," Cate said in the statement.
"His death is a great loss to his family as well as his friends and co-workers at California Medical Facility and at CDCR."
Corrections officials are assisting Sacramento police in the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (443-4357). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
The correctional officers union also has announced a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Lo's killer.

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Mr. Steve Lo, thanks for your work bro...RIP. My prayers are with his family.
 

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Source: California Deputy Investigated In Correctional Officer's Death

SACRAMENTO, Calif. --
A Sacramento County sheriff's deputy is being investigated in the shooting death of a correctional officer, a source said.
Sacramento police said they searched a locker at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center on Wednesday night. The deputy works at the facility.
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department would not comment on the case, as it was being handled by the Sacramento Police Department.
Steve Lo, 39, was in full uniform and standing in his garage in the 8400 block of Tambor Way shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday when he was fatally wounded by gunfire, police Sgt. Matt Young said.
Lo was found lying in the garage, police said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.
He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.
Lo worked with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He had been an officer for about three years.
The California Correctional Peace Officers Association is offering a $10,000 reward to help find the person responsible.
"We are deeply saddened by this terrible loss," CCPOA President Mike Jimenez said. "Our hearts are with Officer Lo's family, friends and co-workers during this extraordinarily difficult time."
Anyone with information may call Crime Alert at 916-443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

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Wife Of Slain California Officer Searches for Answers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. --

The wife of a slain state corrections officer is still searching for answers and trying to say goodbye to the father of her five children.
Steve Lo, 39, was in full uniform and standing in his garage in the 8400 block of Tambor Way shortly before 5 a.m. on Oct. 15 when he was fatally wounded by gunfire, police Sgt. Matt Young said.
Lo's widow, Sia Vang, told KCRA 3 that the grieving process has been stressful and emotional.
"It is close to putting him away, putting him to rest, and that's one thing that's hard for me to let go," Vang said.
Chu Vue, a sheriff's deputy, is suspected of being involved in the slaying of Lo, according to a search warrant obtained by KCRA 3.
Vue, 43, was taken into custody Thursday after a search at his home on Oct. 16 turned up a rifle later determined to be illegal and unregistered.
The search warrant said "Vue's activities strongly indicate he was involved in the planning and/or execution of" the slaying of Steve Lo on Oct. 15. The documents also state that Vue is not believed to be the "perpetrator of this homicide, but he remains the principal in this case."
Vue, however, was arrested on a weapons charge and Sacramento police said they have not made an arrest in the homicide of Lo.
"The story is taking a turn every day," Vang said. "I just hope they catch my husband's killers or killer."
In the meantime, Vang said she is preparing a three day tribute to her husband in a traditional Hmong ceremony.

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