The following is a press release issued by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office:
On Friday, July 29, 2022, at 8:22 am, Deputies from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 5200-block of Tre Monte Lane, Geyserville, regarding an unknown adult man that threw a rock thru a house window. Initial information indicates multiple residents contacted the man, and he asked one of them to shoot him. The man fled from the resident, stole the resident’s truck, drove through, broke through several cattle gates, and fled the area.
Deputies searched the area and located the truck in the 5600-block of Tre Monte Lane, Geyserville. The man was no longer in the truck, but deputies could still track the man into a wooded area east of the 5600-block of Thomas Road. Deputies learned the man stole at least one ATV-type vehicle.
After more than an hour of searching for the man, deputies located the man, who appeared to be holding a weapon. Deputies ordered the man to drop the weapon, but he refused. The man initially appeared to charge at one of the deputies but stopped. After a standoff with multiple commands to drop the weapon, one deputy deployed his taser, but it appeared ineffective; the second deputy shot the man. Deputies immediately began administering medical aid, and a paramedic was flown to the scene. The shooting occurred at approximately 10:03 am. The man was pronounced dead at 10:29 am. Neither deputy was physically injured during the last encounter with the man.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office invoked the Sonoma County Critical Incident Protocol and requested the Santa Rosa Police Department and the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office to lead an independent investigation into the events that led to the man’s death.
The Santa Rosa Police Department will release additional information regarding the investigation tomorrow, Saturday, July 30, 2022. The man’s identity and involved deputies will be released next week. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office will release the names of the deputies involved and their tenure at the department within the guidelines of the Sonoma County Critical Incident Protocol. The Marin County Coroner’s Office will be conducting an autopsy next week. For media inquiries related to the incident, please contact Sergeant Christopher Mahurin at email@example.com or 707-975-0129.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office will conduct an independent administrative review to determine if deputies followed policies and procedures. We take every use of force very seriously, and our thoughts are with all those affected by this incident.