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 autopsy showed that Urbano Moreno Morales suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his major organs, along with numerous superficial, self-inflicted stab wounds. The number of times Moreno was hit has not been released.
Toxicology reports to determine whether Moreno was under the influence of alcohol or drugs will take several weeks to complete.
Moreno, 48, was killed after he lunged at officers with a knife he’d used to stab the woman outside Starbucks on the Windsor Town Green, authorities said.
Investigators also said that Moreno had been removed by deputies from his former partner’s home about two hours before he was shot. He also had been arrested at the home about eight hours earlier on suspicion of being drunk in public.
Santa Rosa police are investigating the case under the countywide Critical Incident Protocol, which provides for review by outside agencies.
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A man killed by two Windsor policemen Saturday suffered multiple gunshot injuries to major organs as well as numerous superficial stab wounds that authorities said were self-inflicted, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
Urbano Moreno Morales, 48, died of gunshot wounds including to his heart, left lung, liver and intestines, according to the findings of forensic pathologist Kelly Arthur-Kenny, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said.
Sheriff’s Lt. Dennis O’Leary said Thursday investigators at this time would not release how many times he was shot.
Morales had additional gunshot wounds in his extremities, as well as multiple wounds authorities say he suffered from stabbing himself in the moments between having attacked and injured his estranged romantic partner and being gunned down.
The injuries were so numerous and complex that his autopsy took a day and a half to complete, O’Leary said.
Toxicology results to determine if Morales may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs will take several weeks to complete, O’Leary said.
Morales died at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday after numerous callers reported a man stabbing a woman outside Starbucks on the Windsor Town Green, police and sheriff’s officials said.
The woman, Patricia Bryant, with whom he had a 19-year-old son, suffered severe injuries but did not have life-threatening wounds, officials said.
Authorities said it was the couple’s third encounter since the previous night, in which Morales caused a disturbance at the España Way home they had shared until a month earlier. Morales was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public, but later was released and reappeared at the house, authorities said.
Police drove him away from the house before dawn Saturday morning, but he confronted Bryant, 60, at the coffee shop where their son worked, stabbing her several times.
Witnesses saw him run from the scene, and police quickly caught up with him, their guns out. Authorities said Morales refused to surrender and stabbed himself with the knife.
A Taser stun gun proved ineffective, investigators said, and when Morales reportedly charged at the two officers with the knife, both opened fire.
The police officers, who are sheriff’s deputies working under contract with the city of Windsor, were identified as Andrew Cash and Donald Fletcher, both veteran deputies. They are on routine administrative leave typical after an officer-involved shooting.
Santa Rosa police are investigating the case under the countywide Critical Incident Protocol, which provides for review by outside agencies in an effort to ensure neutrality.
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By MARY CALLAHAN THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 1:50 p.m. Last Modified: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 7:11 a.m.
Fawntina Touchstone of Santa Rosa, commented on this story, “I’m unaware if the knife was still in him but this incident happened in my parents parking lot. The officers fired 14 shots (we counted the bullet casings the officers had marked).”