Monday, March 17, 2008

Fatal Shooting by Sheriff of Suicidal Woman


Over the past couple of hours, I have attempted to post comments on the Press Democrat's website without success regarding my outrage over the below news of a troubled woman with a razor blade being murdered by the police.

Am I being censored?

Actually, it appears that no comments have been posted after 7:40pm. Inquiring minds want to know why? Maybe the mass media really is controlled.

Me thinketh something stinketh...!

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Rohnert Park shooting turns fatal



March 17, 2008
A box of tissues rests on the lawn in front of a Cornell Ave. home where a Rohnert Park officer fatally shot a suicidal person on Sunday, March 16, 2008. John Burgess/ Pd

A Rohnert Park police officer shot a 31-year-old woman after she confronted him armed with a straight-edged razor blade at a home Sunday afternoon. He shot after repeated orders to drop the blade as she approached him, Santa Rosa police reported Monday.

The account is among the latest details to be released in connection to the Sunday afternoon shooting.

Police have not released the name of the deceased nor the officer involved in the shooting.

A resident of the house on Cornell Avenue called seeking help with her 31-year-old daughter who had been drinking and “might have some psych issues,” according to a release from Santa Rosa Police, the agency leading the investigation.

The caller stated her daughter hit her in the face earlier and was “tearing things up around the house.”

As the first officer on scene approached the front door he could hear screaming from inside the residence.

A confrontation ensued, leading to the shooting.

Police would not identify the number of rounds fired nor the identities of those involved pending interviews with witnesses.

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Police in front of the house where a shooting occured Sunday afternoon in Rohnert Park March 16

Photos by Mark Aronoff / The Press Democrat
Officer involved in Rohnert Park shooting


Sunday afternoon incident city's first police-related shooting in three years

By Kerry Benefield
March 17, 2008

A call about a disturbance at a Rohnert Park home ended with an officer involved shooting Sunday afternoon, police officials said.

No information about the victim or the officer was made available late Sunday.

According to Rohnert Park Public Safety protocol, the investigation will be handled by an outside agency, but it was unclear Sunday which department would head the inquiry.

Just before 4 p.m., at least one officer went to the single-story home on Cornell Avenue, west of Snyder Avenue in southern Rohnert Park, in response to what Lt. Jeff Taylor described as an “unwanted subject” call.

At some point during the response, officers concluded they were dealing with a suicidal person, according to Taylor.

Cornell Avenue is one block long and stretches between the looping Circle Drive. Yellow police tape was stretched across Cornell Avenue immediately following the shooting.

In the home’s front yard, a boy, who appeared to be a young teen, and an adult woman sat under a tree and spoke with police. An officer emerged from the home with items he handed to the boy and a purse he gave to the woman.

Officers put the pair in a patrol car about 4:45 p.m. and drove out of the neighborhood.

Neighbors said two women — possibly a mother and daughter — lived in the home with the younger woman’s son.

Two neighbors said police had visited the home in the past, but they did not know why.

One neighbor, who declined to be identified, said the older woman had emerged from the home Sunday, shouting, “They shot her. They shot her. They shot her.”

A white truck belonging to one of the residents was parked on the street in front of the home near a white picket fence missing some posts.

This is the first shooting involving a Rohnert Park Public Safety officer since January 2005 when a 30-year-old man was shot and killed near a Snyder Lane apartment complex.

In that case, the Sheriff’s Department and district attorney cleared the officer of any wrongdoing.

Staff writer Randi Rossmann contributed to this story. You can reach Staff Writer Kerry Benefield at 526-8671 or


Home where a Rohnert Park officer fatally shot a suicidal person and an occupant of the house where the shooting occurred on Cornell Avenue is led to a police car and then driven away Sunday afternoon March 16


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