Category Archives: Erick Gelhaus

Judge Rules on County’s Summary Judgment Motion in Lopez Case

Judge Phyllis Hamilton has ruled on the motion for summary judgment to dismiss the lawsuit of the family of Andy Lopez against the County of Sonoma and Deputy Erick Gelhaus. Judge Hamilton ruled that the lawsuit against the County is … Continue reading

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Deputies’ depositions fill in details in Andy Lopez shooting

Now that criminal investigators have cleared a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy in the shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez, the focus shifts to the family’s civil lawsuit and the pursuit of millions of dollars in damages. Recently released depositions of … Continue reading

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DA says Gelhaus “was lawfully acting in defense of himself or others”

The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that it will not file criminal charges against a sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez. District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in a statement that investigators concluded Deputy Erick Gelhaus … Continue reading

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Assistant Sheriff Lorenzo Dueñas says Deputy Gelhaus followed department procedure in killing Andy Lopez

A preliminary internal review by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has found that a veteran deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy did not violate department procedures, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday, as angry demonstrators marched through Santa … Continue reading

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Deputy Erick Gelhaus advocated use of “mean gene” and violent execution of plans in SWAT Magazine

Sonoma County Sheriff Deputy Erick Gelhaus, 48, who shot and killed 13 year old Andy Lopez in Santa Rosa on October 22, 2013, is author of a November 2008 SWAT Magazine article titled “Ambush Reaction in the Kill Zone,” (PDF) Gelhaus … Continue reading

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Jeff Westbrook reports that Deputy Erick Gelhaus screamed and pointed his gun at him.

Sonoma County Sheriff Deputy Erick Gelhaus’ involvement in the October 22, 2013 shooting of Andy Lopez, prompted Santa Rosa resident Jeff Westbrook to speak out about his encounter with the deputy two months ago that left him rattled and in … Continue reading

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