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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.

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  • 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.

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