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One Man Dead in Geyserville After Sonoma County Officer Involved Shooting

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The following is a press release issued by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office:


[Stock photo from the SCSO Facebook page]

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 cmahurin@srcity.org 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.

7 COMMENTS

  1. A cop knows a dozen different ways to whoop your ass without drawing a gun. It appeared he had a weapon. He appeared to charge the officers. That’s sketchy. What happened to the days when a cop would just beat the shit out of a suspect. Even if it was a knife. Taser failed then pepper spray and a baton would seem to suffice. Why is pulling the trigger such an early option in a law enforcement conflict now. It should only be an option when your life is in immediate and eminent danger. The same standards that CCW permit holders are held to. I support law enforcement more than most people but I just don’t get why shooting a suspect in a conflict is so common now. Risk comes with the job. An officer getting a black eye and cuts and bruises should be normal after a suspect is lying dead on the ground with a bullet hole in him. Neither deputy was physically injured after the incident. Just doesn’t seem right. Not just this incident but in most officer involved shootings this is the case. If you are not willing to risk physical injury then you shouldn’t be wearing a badge. These deputies should have been in Uvalde. Maybe some of those kids would still be alive. Oh that one will stir up some shit.

    • You have this exactly wrong. Police shootings were far more common in the past. It was once legal and an accepted practice to shoot fleeing felons, being an immediate threat was not required.

      Tactics have changed considerably and there are far fewer shootings now. Perhaps you have just started paying attention or get your news from a more liberal, biased, news source who spins it to make it look like there are more shootings.

  2. Seems like a person having some kind of mental health episode, throwing a rock and telling the person to kill him. So many details intentionally left out by SCSO. Was this his home, his parent or families home. He appeared to have a weapon? What does that mean? He either dies or doesn’t. Obviously, they know exactly what he had in his hand. Was it a rick or a stick? Why won’t they say? The man was just standing there not assaulting anyone but not responding to them and they killed him? Seems kind of strange that all of those officers with all of those guns, made, tasers, and tactics training versus one man with no gun, no knife, no taser, no made, but apparently something in his hand they won’t yell us and they with all their training couldn’t bring this to an arrest and instead we’re given no choice but to kill him. No transparency from MCSO as usual.

    • This is not a public trial and you are not a juror. It’s a brief press release about a shooting. The case will be reviewed by the DA and and a shooting review team who understand police tactics, use of force laws and such. Don’t expect a detailed case investigation and all evidence collected in a basic press release.

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