Category Archives: Sonoma County Sheriffs

Abuse Reports by Sonoma County Sheriff Dept

Deputies Frank Chavez and Henri Boustany identified as Shooters of Wayne Courtright

The two Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies who fatally shot Wayne Courtright, a Guerneville man who allegedly opened fire upon law enforcement after an hourlong standoff are veterans of the office with a combined 35 years of experience. The deputies were … 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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Guerneville man shot, killed by Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies

An armed man who reportedly threatened to kill his wife before exiting their Guerneville home and firing at sheriff’s deputies was fatally shot by the deputies early Tuesday morning across from the sheriff’s department’s River Substation, authorities said. An ambulance … 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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Sonoma County Sheriff Deputies Shoot and Kill 13 Year Old Boy

Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a 13-year-old boy Tuesday afternoon during an encounter in a southwest Santa Rosa neighborhood. The boy’s father, Rodrigo Lopez, identified the teen as Andy Lopez and said he had been carrying a toy … Continue reading

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Windsor Police Fired 18 Bullets at Urbano Moreno Morales

The two Windsor police officers (Sheriff Deputy Andrew Cash and Sheriff Deputy Donald Fletcher) who fatally shot a man suspected of stabbing his former domestic partner June 8 fired a total of 18 rounds, according to Santa Rosa Police. An … Continue reading

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Sheriff releases names of officers involved in fatal Windsor shooting

The two Windsor police officers involved in a fatal shooting Saturday morning are veterans with a combined 24 years experience with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Photo Galleries The officers, who are Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies working under contract to … Continue reading

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Sheriff’s official apologizes to Sonoma family over attack on gay teen

Four weeks after a Sonoma Valley woman complained that sheriff’s deputies downplayed the slur-laden assault, robbery and beating of her gay son by suspected gang members, the family has received a direct and unvarnished apology. “A report wasn’t taken that … Continue reading

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Man found dead in pond 2 days after fleeing deputies

By JEREMY HAY THE PRESS DEMOCRAT The family of a 20-year-old Davis man discovered him dead in a pond surrounded by thick brush near Highway 101 north of Healdsburg on Friday — about 2½ days after he was last seen … Continue reading

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