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Law Enforcement Employee Involved Incident Reports

Critical Incident Protocol

The role of the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office in a law enforcement employee involved fatal incident is to:

  • Review the investigation to determine if there exists any criminal liability on the part of the law enforcement employee.
  • Provide assistance to the investigating agency regarding legal issues.
  • Supplement the investigation when necessary.
  • When appropriate, prosecute those persons believed to have committed crimes, if any.

The District Attorney is not charged with reviewing the administrative policies of the involved law enforcement agency, or determining whether the involved employee has violated any agency rules, regulations or conditions of employment.

The District Attorney’s Office will continue to release reports to the public with regard to findings in law enforcement involved fatal incidents. By doing so, it is hoped that the public will have a better understanding of the dynamics in play when an incident occurs requiring the invocation of the law enforcement employee involved fatal incident protocol.

Reports regarding each review and finding have been forwarded to the Grand Jury, as set forth in the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Protocol.

  • This fatal shooting involved the Windsor Police Department. The city of Windsor contracts with the Sonoma County Sheriffs Office for their police services; all Windsor police officers are Sonoma County Sheriffs Deputies. The involved officers in this incident were Deputies Andrew Cash and Donald Fletcher. The decedent was 48-year-old Urbano Morales of Windsor.

  • On November 18, 2013, Wayne Courtright Jr., 58, died as a result of a single gunshot wound that was sustained when he was shot by an on-duty deputy sheriff employed by the Sonoma County Sheriffs Office. The shooting event occurred at during a dispatch call out on a report of an armed subject threatening to kill his wife.

  • On October 16, 2013, Mr. Christopher Augustin, while under the influence of a high level of methamphetamine, died as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest during a struggle with officers from the Santa Rosa Police Department who were attempting to take him into custody. The death was found to be due to "excited delirium" and occurred at a residence located in Santa Rosa, California

  • On October 22, 2013, Andy Lopez Cruz was shot multiple times by an on-duty deputy sheriff employed by the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office. He died at the scene. The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office immediately invoked the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Employee-Involved Fatal Incident Protocol.

  • On April 2, 2014 Miguel Angel Garcia- Morran died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest which occurred during an attempt by Deputies from the Sonoma and Napa County Sheriffs Office SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams to arrest him for an
    outstanding felony warrant from Napa County and to serve a search warrant in Kenwood, California.

  • On April 6, 2014, Mr. Wayne Allan Ceballos Hoffman (hereafter referred to as Hoffman), while under the influence of a high level of methamphetamine, died as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest during a struggle with police attempting to take him into custody. The excited delirium death occurred on Nordyke Avenue in Santa Rosa, California.

  • On February 14, 2014, Everardo Romo died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head which occurred during an attempt by officers of the Healdsburg Police Department to place him under arrest. The Healdsburg Police Department invoked the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Employee-Involved Fatal Incident Protocol.

  • Sonoma County North County Detention Facility inmate Diego Armando DePaz (herein after referred to as DePaz) was discovered unresponsive on October 8, 2014, at the North County Detention Facility.

  • Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility inmate Mikol Wayne Stewart (herein after referred to as Stewart) was discovered hanging by a bed sheet from a ventilation grate in cell H-7 on September 28, 2014, at approximately 1020 hours. Jail personnel cut the sheet the deceased was hanging from and administered CPR until AMR Medics arrived.

  • On April 29th, 2015, Jeffrey Singleton was shot by an on-duty deputy sheriff employed by the Sonoma County Sheriffs Office. The shooting event occurred at the conclusion of a dispatch call out for a report of a male subject having brandished and threatened another male subject with a knife.

  • On March 16, 2015, Jon Michael Debettencourt died as a result of a solo motor vehicle collision which occurred when traveling at a high rate of speed to evade law enforcement. Mr. Debettencourt was northbound on Highway 1 north of Bodega Highway, when he suddenly veered left, crossed the road and hit a tree on the opposite side of the roadway.

  • On May 20, 2015, Roberto Hernandez died as a result of self-inflicted, knife wounds to the throat. Hernandez was 38 years old at the time of his death.

  • On April 22, 2015, Karen Audra Janks died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds sustained by Deputies employed by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. The shooting event occurred at the conclusion of a lengthy vehicle pursuit. J

  • On February 28, 2015, Keila Medina Verdusco died as a result of a solo motor vehicle collision which occurred when she exited highway 101, traveling southbound at Hearn Avenue at a high rate of speed to evade a traffic stop by law enforcement for excessive speed.

  • William Alexander Moncada (hereafter “Moncada”) was born on January 28, 1978. He died on February 14, 2016 as a result of a solo motor vehicle collision.

  • On September 18, 2016, Maclovio T. Romero (hereafter Romero) died as a result of a solo motor vehicle collision. The collision occurred when the vehicle in which Romero was the single rear passenger collided with a cement barrier at a high rate of speed, ejecting Romero and the driver. 

  • On April 2, 2017, Jose Francisco Martinez (hereafter Martinez) died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries sustained during a solo motor vehicle collision. 

  • On August 5, 2017, Mr. Pablo Toribeo Garica-Garcia (hereafter referred to as Garcia), died as a result of gunshot wounds received during an officer-involved shooting involving Santa Rosa Police Officers.

  • On May 12, 2017, Branch Christopher Wroth, age 41, while under the influence of methamphetamine, died as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest during a struggle with police attempting to take him into custody.

  • Sanchez-Martinez was born on August 1, 1994, and was 22 at the time of this shooting. He resided in Santa Rosa with his mother. and other family members.

  • On October 21, 2017, Victor Gonzalez-Gonzalez died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds by two officers employed by the Cloverdale Police Department.  Gonzalez-Gonzalez was 44 years old.

  • On September 6, 2017, Nathanial Hankton, 54, became unresponsive while sitting in the patrol vehicle of Santa Rosa Police Officer Christopher O’Neil, soon after being taken into custody for a suspected commercial burglary. 

  • On April 3, 2018, Luis Alberto Garcia-Vara ("Garcia-Vara") was killed by officers from the Petaluma Police Department.

  • Antonio Ramirez-Frati (hereafter “Ramirez-Frati”) was born on March 26, 1996. On January 14, 2018, Ramirez-Frati attempted to commit suicide by intentionally forcing five officers from the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety into a position where each officer individually concluded that it was necessary to discharge his firearm at him to defend human life.

  • On January 31, 2018, Windsor Police Department Deputy G. Bone contacted Michael Joe Medina (32) regarding a citizen complaint that Medina had urinated outside of his car.

  • On July 4, 2019, Betai Michel Koffi (hereafter Koffi) was seriously injured as a result of gunshot wounds sustained during an encounter with Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Pasero.

  • On March 28, 2018, forty-four-year-old Roderic Bernard Cameron died as a result of fatal cardiac dysrhythmia due to severe hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

  • On May 13, 2018, Ryan Joseph Pritel (hereinafter “Pritel”) was shot at, but not struck, during an incident involving Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Matelli.

  • On August 2, 2019, Brad Baymon (hereinafter Baymon) was shot during an incident involving Sonoma County Sheriffs Deputy David Edney.

  • On July 31, 2019, Rigoberta Cabrera (hereinafter Mr. Cabrera) suffered a catastrophic health event while in the custody of Sonoma County Sheriffs Deputies Marcus Holton and his trainee Anthony Crivello.

  • On August 15, 2020, Donald Miller and Jane Doe were camping at Duncans Mills along with Jane Doe's mother, Carol Doe. Donald was having a psychotic break so Jane Doe decided to drive Donald to the VA hospital. As Jane Doe was driving she became more concerned about Donald's behavior so she stopped their truck and exited the vehicle. Donald also exited, grabbed Jane Doe from behind and forced her into the business located at 15650 River Road. Jane Doe yelled for someone to call 911. 

  • On August 4, 2020, Sean Patrick Bell died as a result of a traffic collision at the intersection of Santa Rosa Avenue and the entrance to the Santa Rosa Market Place.

  • On March 7, 2020, fifty-nine-year-old Douglas Scott Thoreson died as a result of acute methamphetamine intoxication, with contributing conditions of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. This death occurred while Mr. Thoreson was being evaluated for admission at the Sonoma County jail.