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Suspect dies after Santa Rosa-area shooting by sheriff’s deputies, CHP officer
By MARTIN ESPINOZA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Published: Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 9:58 a.m.
Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies and a California Highway Patrol officer were involved in a shooting Friday night that resulted in the death of a man who was violating a temporary restraining order in the unincorporated area of southwest Santa Rosa, officials said.
The man, whose name has not been released at this time, was inside a vehicle when deputies arrived at a residence of the 4000 block of Hargrave Avenue after receiving a 10 p.m. 911 call.
The caller said the man was outside his residence in violation of a domestic violence temporary restraining order, officials said. Deputies were familiar with the address and the name of the man, who was wanted for previously violating the restraining order. A press statement said the man was also a “known gang member who had recently been arrested near the victim’s address with a loaded shotgun in his vehicle.”
The man refused to come out of his vehicle when sheriff’s deputies and the CHP officer arrived at the scene. The man was verbally confrontational, the statement said. The deputies and the CHP officer continued to “reason with the suspect,” while formulating a plan to approach the vehicle with “less-lethal means” to take the man into custody.
After about half an hour of negotiations, the CHP officer deployed the “less-lethal” devices, but these were ineffective, officials said. The man then accelerated his vehicle forward and struck a sheriff’s patrol car in its way. That’s when the deputies and the CHP officer fired their weapons.
The man was struck by the gunfire and his vehicle came to rest a short distance down the road. Deputies removed the man from the vehicle and allowed medical personnel who were staged in the area to treat the man. The man was transported from the scene by ambulance but later died.
Hargrave Avenue is located in a rural section of southwest Santa Rosa, between Millbrae Avenue and Scenic Avenue, north of Rohnert Park.
Neighbors said they heard three gunshots in quick succession at about 10:15 p.m., followed quickly by another three shots.
“I was sound asleep when I heard ‘boom-boom-boom,’ then there was a pause and another ‘boom-boom-boom,'” said one man who lives about a block away, declining to give his name.
Daniel Patrick, 22, said he was playing video games when he heard the shots and opened his front door. An ambulance and fire engine were parked in front of his house and a sheriff’s deputy was standing down the road at the intersection of Scenic and Hargrave, Patrick said. He saw the deputy signal with his flashlight and the paramedics and firefighters moved to the scene of the shooting.
Saturday morning, law enforcement officers remained on the scene, with at least a dozen patrol cars parked along Hargrave, their lights flashing. The gang task force unit and the sheriff’s mobile command center were also on scene, and the suspect’s vehicle remained as well.
The sheriff’s helicopter landed in a nearby field Saurday to take a photographer above the scene for aerial photographs.
Late Saturday morning, officials were waiting for warrants to be processed for the area, sources said.
The Santa Rosa Police Department and the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the shooting under a countywide protocol in which outside agencies investigate officer-involved shootings. The names of the deputies and the CHP officer are not being released at this time, the statement said.