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Published on March 04, 2024
Four Sonoma Sheriff Deputies Wounded, Suspect Dead After Santa Rosa ShootoutSource: Sonoma Sheriff

In the early hours of Sunday morning, four Sonoma County Sheriff deputies were wounded during a shootout with a rifle-wielding suspect in unincorporated west Santa Rosa. According to a Facebook post by the Sonoma Sheriff's Office, the incident began when deputies responded to a report of a person brandishing a rifle. The suspect then fled, initiating a pursuit that led to an exchange of gunfire. One deputy sustained a gunshot wound to the leg, while two others suffered hand injuries and a fourth incurred a head injury and is currently in critical but stable condition.

The chase, which journalist Henry K. Lee described as "wild," concluded when the suspect crashed the vehicle they were driving near Stony Point & Todd. Henry K. Lee reported that the suspect died at the scene. The Santa Rosa Police Department will lead the investigation into the shooting, with assistance from the California Highway Patrol and Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety.

Following the chaotic scene, road closures were put in place affecting Stony Point and Todd Roads. The Santa Rosa Police announced on Twitter that Stony Point Rd. South of Bellevue Ave. to Todd Rd., and Todd Road between Stony Point Rd. and Moreland Ave., are indefinitely closed. Authorities have advised motorists to seek alternate routes.

In keeping with state law pertaining to transparency in such incidents, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has stated that bodyworn camera footage from the event will be released. The office has activated the critical incident protocol, a standard procedure following officer-involved shootings designed to ensure a thorough and objective examination of the events.