On Saturday, August 29, 2009, shortly after 1:30 a.m., three off-duty Sacramento Police Officers met at the Haggin Oaks Golf Course (3645 Fulton Avenue) after working a patrol swing shift to hit some golf balls. The Haggin Oaks driving range operates 24-hours a day.
Officers Chris Shippen, Luis Canela, and Todd Culp had just purchased a bucket of golf balls and were standing next to the pay kiosk when an audible burglar alarm rang from a nearby building. The alarm was coming from The Morton Golf Player Performance Studio and Test Center which is used by Haggin Oaks Golf Course to study and analyze players swing and overall performance. The building houses golf clubs, video equipment, computers and other electronics. The off-duty officers quickly turned their attention to the building and saw a man running out with a large object in his hands. Officers confirmed with the kiosk attendant that no one was supposed to be in the building. Believing that a burglary had just taken place, the three officers ran after the man. As they pursued the man, the officers identified themselves as off-duty police officers. After a short foot pursuit, the officers caught up with the man and detained him. On-duty officers responded to assist.
Officers determined that the man, later identified as 25-year-old Nicholas Heiser, broke into the building by smashing a window and stole a video recorder and a tri-pod stand. Heiser was arrested and booked into the Sacramento County Jail on burglary and violation of probation charges.