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.
The officers, who are Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies working under contract to the city of Windsor, were identified Wednesday as Donald Fletcher, a deputy for 10 years, and Andrew Cash, who has 14 years with the department, sheriff’s Lt. Dennis O’Leary said.
Both worked with other departments and have more than 15 years in law enforcement each, O’Leary said.
The deputies are on routine paid administrative leave, which is standard in the aftermath of officer-involved shootings, officials said.
Cash, the school resource officer at Windsor High School, and Fletcher fired their weapons resulting in the death of Urbano Moreno Morales, 48. He died after a series of encounters with law enforcement and with the estranged mother of his 19-year-old son between Friday night and Saturday morning, authorities said.
Morales reportedly stabbed his former domestic partner, Patricia Bryant, 60, several times in the moments before he was killed outside a Starbucks coffee shop on the Windsor Town Green.
Authorities said he also stabbed himself and, despite deputies’ efforts to subdue him with a Taser stun gun, charged toward them with a knife before he was shot.
Police said Bryant and Morales had lived together until about a month earlier, when she asked him to move out.
Deputies responding to a report of a disturbance late Friday night at the house the two had shared arrested Morales for being drunk in public. He was later released from jail, and returned to the house around 5 a.m., prompting another call. Deputies did not arrest him but drove him out of the neighborhood, authorities said.
The next time officials knew of his whereabouts he was running from Bryant in the moments after the stabbing, police said. She suffered serious but non-life-threatening wounds.
The deputies quickly responded to reports of the 7:30 a.m. shooting and pursued Morales, who was stopped at gunpoint, police said.
O’Leary said the names of the deputies involved had been withheld so investigators could ensure there was no risk of retribution for their role in Morales’ death.
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By MARY CALLAHAN THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:23 a.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Source: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20130612/ARTICLES/130619894/1350