Fairfield Fire Department firefighters perform CPR on Robert J. McMullan after he was shot by a police officer near the corner of Gold Coast and Gulf drives in April 2012. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)


Probes clear police in recent officer-involved shootings

By From page A1 | May 20, 2012

FAIRFIELD — It has been nearly a month since the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man in his Gold Coast Drive home on the night of April 23.

The investigation into the killing of 51-year-old Robert J. McMullan by Fairfield Police Officer Adam Ponce has not been finalized and it could be months before Solano County District Attorney Donald du Bain reports if the shooting was justified or not justified.

When a local law enforcement official is involved in a critical incident, including an officer-involved shooting, a very specific protocol is followed to investigate and review the case. Officer-involved shootings are investigated by each agency together with an independent agency, which in Solano County is the District Attorney’s Office.

Earlier this month, the Daily Republic made a California Public Records Act request asking du Bain for the reports of each of the 10 officer-involved shootings in Solano County during the past five years in which someone was wounded or killed. Du Bain responded by saying the reports are exempt from being made public, but that the letters his office sends to the various agencies reporting the results of the investigations are public.

“I conclude the shooting was justified.”

Since 2007, du Bain and his predecessor, David Paulson, have concluded that each officer-involved shooting was justified. Du Bain signed off on the completed officer-involved shooting investigations since 2010. Paulson signed off on the other six between 2007 and 2009. Six of the shootings involved Vallejo police officers, two involved Fairfield cops and Benicia and Suisun City police departments each had one officer-involved shooting.

In each case, the officer’s full cooperation in the investigation is noted along with a review of the evidence that “clearly indicates that the officer was legally justified in the use of deadly force” and that the officer’s actions were always “lawful.” Most of the time, deaths or shooting injuries are noted to be the result of the shooting victim’s own misconduct.

The investigations begin within hours of the shootings, with district attorney investigators called at home when shootings happen after hours. The earliest some reports have been finalized is after six months, but a few have taken nearly a year and a half to finalize. The notable exception to that time frame is the most recent finalized report — the Feb. 15 shooting of 62-year-old Glenda Josselson, which was finalized in six weeks.

A check of court records reflect no wrongful death lawsuits or other civil litigation have been filed against officers or their departments for any of the shootings.

Officer-involved shootings in the last three years follow:

Glenda L. Josselson, Feb. 15, 2012 — Fairfield Police Officer Adam Ponce

Fairfield police officers Adam Ponce and Tom Shackford went to Josselson’s Hilborn Road apartment complex following up on a recent burglary of her ex-husband’s home.

Josselson was returning home around 8:20 p.m. and was driving through the apartment parking lot when she encountered the officers. Police say she ignored repeated commands to get out of her car. Josselson has said police are fabricating their version of events and no such commands were made. She tried to turn her car around, and Ponce fired several shots at Josselson, striking her in both arms. Police say Josselson tried to run Ponce down. She has said the shooting was unprovoked and that she did nothing wrong.

“Ms. Josselson’s injuries cannot be attributed to any unlawful or improper conduct on the part of the officer. . . . The shooting was clearly justified,” a letter to Chief Walt Tibbet noted.

Josselson was arrested and charged with felony assault and battery on a peace officer and other felony charges and is set for a May 29 probable cause hearing.

Bernardo D. Ararao, June 29, 2011 — Suisun City Police Officer Eric Vera

Police got a call from the Suisun Senior Center shortly before 11:30 a.m. stating that Ararao, 55, had shown a woman there a gun and told her he was “going on assignment.”

A pair of Suisun City police officers confronted Ararao, saw he had a gun and ordered him to drop the gun. Vera arrived and also shouted out for Ararao to drop his gun. He did not, and Vera fired several shots at him.

Ararao was unhurt but also continued to wave and point his gun. Vera fired one more shot, striking Ararao in the chest and killing him.

Guy Jarreau Jr., Dec. 11, 2010 — Vallejo Police Officer Kent Tribble

A group of teens were working on a music video outside a tattoo shop near Sonoma Boulevard and Kentucky Street around 3 p.m. The shop owner noticed that one man in the group had a gun and called police.

Tribble drove to the shop and saw Jarreau, 34, leave the group and run into a nearby alley. Tribble followed him, repeatedly shouting for Jarreau to stop. Jarreau stopped, turned and flashed a pearl-handled revolver. Tribble shot Jarreau once in the chest, killing him.

The officer “had no choice,” said a civilian witness seated in a car at the entrance to the alley. The witness said he was afraid Jarreau was going to shoot at him.

Ronar J. Inocencio, July 3, 2010 — Vallejo police officers Fabio Rodriguez and Bill Badour

Inocencio, 33, was in a group of 800 to 1,000 gathered in North Vallejo Community Park, celebrating Mac Dre Day around 9 p.m. when a man was robbed and shot.

Police arriving at the shooting scene saw Inocencio running away. Rodriguez chased Inocencio, who dropped a gun, picked it up and continued running. Inocencio stopped, turned and pointed the gun at the officers. He was shot twice and wounded.

Inocencio later pleaded no contest to felony assault on a peace officer and brandishing a firearm.

Dennis J. Merrida, Dec. 30, 2009 — Vallejo Police Officer James Melville

Minutes after a 3 p.m. armed robbery on Sheridan Street, Merrida, an ex-con and parolee, was spotted by Melville. He matched the description of one of the robbers and was standing on a nearby street corner.

Melville saw a gun in Merrida’s hand. It turned out to be a replica handgun. Merrida started to run away, but turned around and ran toward Melville. Merrida raised his gun and Melville shot him once in the chest.

Merrida, who was wounded, still faces pending felony charges. In February, he was declared mentally incompetent and was sent to a secured state mental hospital.

Richard L. Lindsey III, June 14, 2009 — Vallejo Police Sgt. Jeff Bassett and officers Robert Greenberg and Kyle Wylie

Police went to Lindsey’s home shortly after midnight to arrest him for being the getaway driver for a friend who shot and killed a man at a 2008 birthday party in Benicia. Police ordered Lindsey, 21, to come out of his Scenic Drive home.

When Lindsey walked out the front door, he was holding a replica gun that he leveled at police, who shot him several times. He was critically wounded but survived and later pleaded no contest to criminal charges.

Kevin M. Moore, June 11, 2009 — Fairfield Police Officer Justin Gutierrez

Moore robbed a Metro PCS store in Suisun City and shot and killed a store clerk. As he fled from the store, Gutierrez spotted him and started a high-speed police chase that ended with Moore crashing his minivan. He reached into his sweatshirt, turned and started to run. Gutierrez shot Moore in the back.

Moore, 30, survived and later pleaded no contest to a murder charge and was sentenced to 50-years-to-life in prison.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • Pro PoliceMay 18, 2012 - 9:24 pm

    Although I am normally against Jess when he writes about police incidents, i will say he did a good job researching Solano County Protocol. This is a system of checks and balances put in place to prevent bias. With that said, i will be the first to say cops do not go to work hoping to get involved in a shooting. However, they must mentally and physically prepare themselves for just this situation. To the officer, a shooting creates an unimaginable load of stress that the common public will never feel. When forced to make that split second decision to protect urself or a third person from serious bodily injury or death and use lethal force, the officer, if not shot, injured, or killed (RIP Jimmy #497), is second guessed by people who have no idea what it took to have to reach such a desperate level to protect oneself. Instead, the likes of sleazeball private investigators, who are working as PI's because they could not make it as a cop, personally attack the officer during a difficult time. The bottom line is these police officers have been cleared because they were able to justify their reasons for using deadly force and they were right. As defined in the california penal code. Because these officers were forced to perform a function of the job that all the officers must prepare for, they were able to go home to their families. I am proud of the men and women who serve our country, state, county and cities. It takes a special person to do this job. It is not glamorous, it is self-rewarding.

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  • EvenKeelMay 20, 2012 - 8:47 am

    Ummm. Seeing as you sound like a "wannabe" yourself, you might want to know that the majority of "Private Investigator Sleaze" you refer to, are actually retired LEO's with years of experience. You clearly don't have a very good understanding of the justice system.

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  • Pro PoliceMay 20, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    "Wannabe", uh no. I would NEVER, EVER work as a PI for ANY defense attorney. If you got your little heart broke from what I said, well too bad. I will make myself perfectly clear...... Any police officer who retires to go to work for a defense attorney should have his head examined. But please dont misunderstand my message, PI's are bottom feeders! They are not and never will be cops! They are "Wannabe's."that. Your words, not mine! And dor the PI's that could never make it as cops, Bwahhhhhh!

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  • This Officer was the only one ArmedMay 20, 2012 - 6:54 pm

    So can anyone tell me why Lethal force is warranted in this case? 1. Did Officer Happy Trigger have a tazer? 2. Did Officer Happy Trigger have his Mace? 3. Did Officer Happy Trigger have training to take down a unarmed elderly man in his own home? What happen to Mr. McMullan was a crime and the DR needs to keep this story alive

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  • LilMay 20, 2012 - 7:56 pm

    Are you referring to a 51 year old man as elderly? Dude, I am 51 and I take offense to that.

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  • FredMay 20, 2012 - 8:16 pm

    50's the new 40...Look at the bright side, for the most part the Senior Discount has moved from 55 to 65. On the down side the AARP mailing list starts at 50....

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  • Pro PoliceMay 18, 2012 - 9:58 pm

    Rich giddens does not even warrant a response. He is the exact type of person i was referring to as having NO CLUE!

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  • Rich GiddensMay 18, 2012 - 11:14 pm

    No mention in this report that Ararao was a SUISUN CITY POLICE VOLUNTEER. I would say that fact needs to be reported.

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  • Just MeMay 19, 2012 - 11:53 am

    Why u still here?????????????

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  • LilMay 19, 2012 - 12:17 am

    Why is it relevant that Ararao was a volunteer a decade before his death? He wasn't accepted into Police Ranks, he volunteered some time.

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  • GemmaMay 19, 2012 - 7:29 am

    @Lil-I don't know if Rich was trying to help or hurt Ararao's case, but IMO, the fact that Ararao was once a volunteer is all the more reason he should know better than to do what he was doing!

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  • @gemmaMay 19, 2012 - 3:28 pm

    The question was "what relevance does this have"???? I'll answer, the fact that he was a volunteer for the city TEN YEARS ago has NO relevance in the case..... Therefore, should not have been a part of the Daily Republics news story. Gemma - Just because you used to be a volunteer does not mean you become smarter, be blessed with more common sense or shall give you " all the more reason to know better" .... Your comments are absurd!!

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  • GemmaMay 20, 2012 - 9:31 am

    @@Gemma-you sound very angry,bitter, and a tad crazy. What's the problem? I think the fact that someone was a volunteer with the PD, no matter how long ago, is relevant. Like I said before, if someone is volunteering with the PD, they are obviously in more direct contact with the PD than an average citizen, so they should KNOW BETTER! Your anger is absurd :-)

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  • Sick of itMay 20, 2012 - 1:08 am

    What illegal thing did Araro do? Exhibiting a gun? It's not like he was threatening was he? Where are the witnesses? I understand this took place at USPO. And yes..He WAS a volunteer with SCPD....they knew him!

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  • Did Robert McMullan take the pictures?May 20, 2012 - 3:31 pm

    Don't forget why this cop went to Mr. McMullan's door in the first place! DID HE TAKE THE PICTURES? Now think about this....a cop comes to your door and accuses you of something you don't have the foggiest idea what he's talking about. You repeatedly tell this badgering Officer Ponce that he's wrong...but he won't stop pressuring you to confess. You tell Officer Ponce to get off your property unless you have a search warrant or your taking someone into custody. Like with all cops who think they can get away with just about anything...this officer starts escalating the conversation to the point were things become physical., DON'T forget what the elderly lady said during her Channel 40 interview, she said quote "The officer was hitting Robert on the head with the baton". Now what is Robert McMullan suppose to do...Is he suppose to JUST keep his arms down and take the beating? Is he suppose to confess to something he has No responsibility for? Isn't Mr. McCullan entitled to live in his house without being badgered by this trigger happy cop? If Mr. McMullan had in fact taken these pictures as he was accused..it would have been known by NOW! I don't care what anybody says...this cop shot and killed a UNARMED City resident in the scared confines of his own home. And after that...I guess there's really only 1 version of the story that will Ever come out!

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  • Pro PoliceMay 20, 2012 - 7:41 pm

    This guy is going to have a heart attack writing his rants and tyraids! Is anyone listening to this. I bet he his having a temper tantrum as we speak. PI's are weak and pathetic. They are cop wash outs and they hate the cops they could never be! Its sort of a Freauden slip! Matter of fact, i know a certain PI who couldnt make it as a cop. Now he is a PI and i think he is working this case! Odd!

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  • GemmaMay 21, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    Rodney King laid down and took the beating that included 59 blows from various batons, and 9 skull fractures. Should Mr. McMullan have just laid down and taken the beating? Absolutely not!

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  • marrick8791May 21, 2012 - 4:29 pm

    Did McMullan even get hit once with a baton?

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  • annonMay 21, 2012 - 9:55 am

    Did Robert McMullan take the pictures? How you sound like you were there when Officer Ponce was questioning Mr. McMullan. I didn't know Mr. McMullan told officer Ponce to get off his property or anything about a search warrant. Get a life or at least get your facts right.

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  • marrick8791May 21, 2012 - 3:37 pm

    who cares if McMullan took pictures or not? That is not the issue, the issue is that McMullan chose to fight with Officer Ponce and in doing so he chose to end his own life.

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  • Solano DA...Officer Ponce killed a Unarmed resident.May 21, 2012 - 4:51 pm

    1.Did the victim leave his HOME and search out Adam Ponce? 2. Did the other witnesses say that Adam Ponce started to beat the victim on the head with his baton? 3. Was the victim just suppose to keep his arms at his side as Adam Ponce bludgeoned him? This cop is a danger to Fairfield City residents!

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  • marrick8791May 21, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    1. No, however... Officer Ponce was there to investigate a possible crime. So, Officer Ponce had the right to be there. 2. Yes, the witness claimed that. However, since mr McMullan did not sustain any injuries from any baton strikes I have to believe the witness was incorrect. 3. Since McMullan did not have any injuries relating to the baton point #3 is... well pointless

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  • PRO PEACE OFFICERS ONLYJuly 11, 2012 - 5:32 pm

    so, you do know then about said SUSPECT called the Police by phone for more Officers to come to his house after Officer Ponce arrived at said Suspects' doorway? Maybe you know about the call from the girls' parents to the Police, after the Parent searched for a red with white car(without the child) then took down the license plate number of a car that resembled the color given (not make and model) they called Police gave the number of plates. I am wondering did they go to the Victims house (first) before they went to said SUSPECTS home?

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  • the pictures aren't the issue? i can't believe you said that!May 21, 2012 - 5:27 pm

    the pictures are everything to this case? if he didn't take the pictures then shouldn't mr. mcmullan be allowed to live in the safety of his own home?

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  • marrick8791May 21, 2012 - 8:32 pm

    The point was that if or if McMullan took pictures is irrelevant. Officer Ponce had the right to be there because there was a possibility a crime had been committed. IF McMullan had acted like a normal human being and not fought with Officer Ponce he would still be alive. McMullan's actions caused his death NOT Officer Ponce

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  • Michelle SmithJuly 11, 2012 - 5:14 pm


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  • VjAugust 28, 2012 - 10:57 pm

    Your comment is mean and very wrong. He is my brother and I know him. He has never been a fighter. He has never owned any weapon at all and was at an obvious disadvantage.

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  • annonMay 21, 2012 - 9:56 am

    sorry wow

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  • SeaBreezeMay 21, 2012 - 10:09 am

    @Sick of it ...The witness are scared :(

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  • SeaBreezeMay 21, 2012 - 12:47 pm

    @SICK of it If you witness an Officer shoot some one on a bicycle. Who do you tell ? Who do you trust with that?

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  • FF64May 21, 2012 - 1:31 pm

    Many police officers wear miniature video cameras or use pocket recorders to record incidents, in order to counter those who lie about what occurred and try to lie during complaints about officers. Hmmmmmm

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  • Solano DA...Officer Ponce killed a Unarmed resident.May 21, 2012 - 3:21 pm

    Look what the other Occupant of the residence witnessed....Here's what the elderly lady said when she was interviewed.. This Cop was beating the victim with the Baton...I'll say it again! Was Robert McMullan just suppose to keep his hands down and ACCEPT the Beating this Officer put on him? There isn't a person on earth that wouldn't try to stop the blows to their head.. As soon as this elderly 5'6" 140lb victim grabbed the Baton..Ponce decides to drop the guy with lethal shots to his chest. Here's the Channel 40 news story in context...As far as I'm concerned this cop is reckless, a criminal and a danger to all residents to our City. Go to Channel 40 and read it yourself! FAIRFIELD— New details are emerging as to why Fairfield police Officer Adam Ponce went to a home on Gold Coast Drive , where he confronted resident Robert McCullan and ended up shooting and killing him. "The Police Department received a report from parents about their daughter, elementary age, was being followed by a vehicle, by a person, taking pictures of her," spokesman Officer Cleo Mayoral said. Officer Ponce questioned an angry McMullan as roommate, as Alfreda Boner stood by. "Bobby was getting really aggrevated in the doorway. The police got the bat and he was trying to hit Bobby with the bat," Boner said. "Bobby was trying to get the bat so he wouldn't clobber him." "It was a violent struggle," Mayoral said. "It happened in the doorway. During the struggle, the door was taken off its hinges by the impact of both of them fighting there." At that point, police said Ponce got his gun and fired. "He said, 'I"m gonna shoot,' and he shot instantly, three times and went right there," Boner said. "I don't know how he missed me. The bullet went right through the door."

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  • just sayin....May 21, 2012 - 5:18 pm

    thanks to people with video phones and even dash cams of police cars we see the lies and abuse of the officers themselves. so it goes both ways. if it wasn't for these how many others would just be written off as justifiable use of force?

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  • Ag NosticMay 21, 2012 - 5:24 pm

    After reading many of Mr. McMullan's letters on this website and in looking at his criminal record, it is obvious to me that he was as stable as a 3-legged chair. It is not surprising that he attacked an officer. If you attack a police officer, you deserve to get a beat down. Perhaps he didn't deserve death, but Mr. McMullan was clearly a misanthrope. Hopefully, Rich Giddens will pay heed.

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  • just sayin....May 21, 2012 - 5:29 pm


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  • annonMay 21, 2012 - 5:51 pm

    Here's my two cents worth. Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident. We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people, not capable of hurting each other except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep. Then there are the wolves who feed on the sheep without mercy. Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial. Then there are sheepdogs and I'm a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf. If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen, a sheep. If one has a capacity for violence and no empathy for one’s fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath, a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the unsheltered path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed. We know that the sheep live in denial; that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kid's schools. But many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid's school. Our children are thousands of times more likely to be killed or seriously injured by school violence than fire, but the sheep's only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their child is just too hard. So they choose the path of denial. The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, cannot and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheepdog that intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed. The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours. Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn't tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports, in camouflage fatigues, holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go “Baa.” Until the wolf shows up. Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog.

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  • just sayin....May 21, 2012 - 6:14 pm

    sheep annon? you are one sick twisted cop. remember sheep have teeth too. When the sheepdog turns on the flock it is usually eliminated, not patted on the head with the shepherd saying "good boy". If that is the way you think maybe we need a better shepherd.

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  • this is a fairfield cop saying thisMay 21, 2012 - 6:52 pm

    This cop Annon is coming right out on the DR website and saying they (Fairfield officers) determine who the wolf and who the sheep are? They decide who needs to be taken out! So much for a justice system or a jury of your peers in this town...maybe that's why Mr. McMullan fought so valiantly and courageously for his life, He already knew what was coming... Just look at the video folks..this is what cops do to Unarmed citizens. Just like with Mr. McCullan!

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  • notasheepMay 22, 2012 - 8:40 am

    Brilliant dude, loved it and agree 100%

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  • Here's a thoughtMay 21, 2012 - 6:33 pm

    The best sheepdogs are nuttered

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  • know the factsMay 21, 2012 - 8:17 pm

    You missed your calling; that was well written, and easy to understand the analogy. And it is not difficult to figure out who the wolves are...it really is a tough, bad world out there, whether people admit it or not. I for one appreciate the people that keep the wolves at bay.

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  • just sayin....May 21, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    so who pays to feed the sheepdog? the shepherd or the sheep? in annons analogy I would say the sheep (bahhh). old saying.................. Don't bite the hand that feeds you................

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  • elleryMay 21, 2012 - 11:31 pm

    Officer Ponce has had 2 justified good shoots this year. The one at the apartment complex troubles me more, open firing on a vehicle just because they wont stop seems troubling, I would of shot out the tires and proboly gotten fired. I guess better to shoot to kill. Ponce is now a liability to our city, he will be on double secret probation for a while, and everyone knows money will be paid out to these victims out of court.

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  • ZeppelinMay 22, 2012 - 4:36 pm

    Except for the fact that she tried to run the officers over in her car. That's an assault with a deadly weapon and as a result she got shot at.

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  • DianeMay 22, 2012 - 2:50 am

    Yikes. Are they not doing pysch evaluations at FFPD?

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  • DianeMay 22, 2012 - 2:52 am

    That was in response to annon's post. Baaaa.

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  • FredMay 22, 2012 - 4:49 am

    I agree...Baaaa...

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  • annonMay 22, 2012 - 8:12 am

    I think some of you missed the point on my article. By the way I am not the author of this article. It has been around for some time and if I remember correctly was written by a retired general.

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  • FredMay 22, 2012 - 8:54 am


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  • DianeMay 22, 2012 - 3:21 pm

    Oh boy, a copy-paster is lambasting others for being sheep. I sure hope they teach the PSA kids about plagiarism!

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  • DianeMay 22, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    Once again, I meant to respond to annon. If that's really an old analogy beloved by all cops, that says a lot about who goes into that profession, doesn't it?

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  • ArtimusMay 23, 2012 - 12:14 am

    Here is a fun clip to watch regarding the sheep, the wolf and the sheepdog. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoXDzsuqXFg

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  • ArtimusMay 22, 2012 - 12:03 pm

    Great analogy Mr. Annon in spite of some people not understanding a simple example regarding the psychology of different types of mind set. It is obvious that there are some sheep proclaiming themselves.

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  • SavetheRepublicMay 22, 2012 - 12:10 pm

    @ Artimus..... Are you doing anything fun today?

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  • ArtimusMay 22, 2012 - 11:57 pm

    Sorry for the delay STR...having fun..yes..working a full 8 to make it home safe. How about you? What fun did you have today that you can share with a say?

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  • SavetheRepublicMay 23, 2012 - 7:11 am

    I went to a preview of the D.R.s new website at the Newspaper office in Fairfield, it was quite interesting. Did you get invited also? It looks like videos will no longer "display" just the URL addresses. I did get to meet MK for the first time, he is very nice in person. Tonight I will probably go to the Solano County Taxpayers meeting in Vacaville an acquaintance is the guest speaker. Do you ever wonder how many people actually read what we post on here? There was no answer to this question. I wonder why we bother, makes me think I need to go get a life.

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  • ArtimusMay 23, 2012 - 11:48 am

    STR...glad to hear that you attended, sorry that I missed it, it would have been great to say hello in person. Perhaps next time. That would be something interesting to know of how many people actually read these post.

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  • Gary KatocsMay 22, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    @STR..and the proper feed doesn't load on my phone..so be it..actually to answer your question it turns out my wife is eligible for Italian citizenship..and I vis a vis my status as spouse is also eligible..so we're going for it..you've been around..Italy has it's quirks to say the least..but few countries are more beautiful.we want want a place in Northern Italy..close to Switzerland(wanna be close to our money you know)...you can get a decent apt on lake Como for 200K..it's a one bedder but still..how many beds do a person need

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  • SavetheRepublicMay 22, 2012 - 4:21 pm

    Sounds nice, hope you will be happy there.

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  • Keeping up with the JonesesMay 22, 2012 - 9:12 pm

    Ciao...So I guess Reno Nevada is out?...Lucky Reno...

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  • annonMay 23, 2012 - 7:06 am

    Artimus thanks for the clip. At least some of the people can understand what I was trying to say. Too bad every jumps to the conclusion that we all need to be examined. Here's astory a bout a suspect getting control of an officer's baton. PHILADELPHIA — A police officer was released from the hospital Saturday evening after being beaten with his own baton during what authorities called a "life-or-death struggle"; Saturday morning that ended with a robbery suspect wounded outside a busy shopping center in West Philadelphia. "This was an absolute battle," said Lt. Ray Evers, a police spokesman, "and we are very lucky this officer was not killed." About 10:30 a.m., the officer pulled up to investigate the report of an attempted robbery outside a restaurant near the Park West Town Center at North 52d and West Jefferson Streets. The uniformed officer was alone in a marked police cruiser, Evers said. Police did not release his name. A man pointed to the tall, heavyset suspect, saying he tried to steal his backpack. Police did not release the suspect's identity Saturday. When the officer approached, the suspect began striking and punching him, Evers said. The officer tried to defend himself with his expandable steel baton, Evers said, but dropped it while grappling with the suspect, who tried to pry his service weapon from its holster. The suspect picked up the baton and began beating the officer, Evers said. During the struggle, the officer used his shoulder walkie-talkie to call for backup, witnesses said. Emmanuel Griffin, 64, a cook at Park Side Breakfast & Lunch, described the suspect as about 6-foot-1 and 320 pounds — much larger than the police officer, he said. The officer fired about seven shots at close range, Evers said, striking the assailant five or six times. But the bullets barely slowed him down. Despite being shot, he kept attacking the officer, witnesses said. "The guy went down, got back up, still strong enough to be wielding the nightstick at the cop," Griffin said, describing bullet wounds to the suspect's shoulder, chest, groin, and legs. Police are investigating whether the suspect was under the influence of drugs, Evers said. Officers responding to the distress call surrounded the suspect, still on his feet, and got him to lie down, Griffin said. But he kept fighting. "Police went over to handcuff him, and he jumped back up, elbowing and knocking policemen down," Griffin said. "They jumped on him again and got him cuffed." The suspect, Evers said, was listed in critical condition. Said Evers: "We escaped a tragedy today."

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  • DianeMay 23, 2012 - 4:52 pm

    If you have to come up with a Clint Eastwood movie to back up your point, your position's not based in reality. It's terrifying that you're armed and unleashed.

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  • FredMay 23, 2012 - 5:36 pm

    That was posted by "Artie"...He's one of the "Sheep" (Baaaa)...I'm surprised he knew how to post the clip...Must have had help... :)

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  • ArtimusMay 23, 2012 - 11:30 pm

    Coming from someone who talks about people's Mama, I don't think people will take you seriously.

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  • Keeping up with the JonesesMay 24, 2012 - 10:04 pm

    Ya but it wasn't Yo Mama...It was Gary's Mama...You know, the same Gary that posts the "Obanana" & the knuckle dragging post about Trayvon. But don't worry Artie, you're immuned from any "Yo Mama"cracks. You've got that "Flat Worm" thingie goin...

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  • ArtimusMay 25, 2012 - 1:06 am

    Jones; I guess you did not read one of his comments directed at me personally regarding my own mother whom I love dearly and is deceased and miss every day. I was a Mamas boy and proud of it till today. Somehow insulting someones Mother brings a person to its lowest level of character. I would never even think of ever insulting someones dear Mother. Hey Jones but if is ok with you then you and Fred are in good company.

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  • ArtimusMay 23, 2012 - 11:31 pm

    Well Diane; I figured an analogy was to advance for you so I tried to make it simple..

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  • Just sayin.....May 23, 2012 - 8:36 am


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  • Just sayin.....May 23, 2012 - 9:29 am

    Did Fairfield settle on this lawsuit yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eLLQpCClCA&oref=http%3A%2F%2Fsearch.aol.com%2Faol%2Fsearch%3Fquery%3DFairfierld%2Bpolice%2Byoutube%26s_it%3Dclient96_searchbox

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  • marrick8791May 23, 2012 - 9:43 am

    FF is not settling this law suit because they did nothing wrong.

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  • Adam Ponce murdered a unarmed man in his home.May 23, 2012 - 7:43 pm

    This Cop killed a Unarmed city resident in his own home.and nearly killed the Elderly lady too. Read what the Elderly lady said to Channel 40 news...Ponce was beating the victim with the Baton. Was Mr. McMullan just suppose to keep his arms at his side and take the beating? The elderly lady even said in her interview...quote "bobby was trying to stop from getting clobbered". This Adam Ponce is a Monster! Solano DA please read what this cop did to a Unarmed City resident in his own home, he almost killed the elderly lady too! Rowena Lugtu-Shaddox FOX40 News 8:41 a.m. PDT, April 25, 2012 FAIRFIELD— New details are emerging as to why Fairfield police Officer Adam Ponce went to a home on Gold Coast Drive , where he confronted resident Robert McCullan and ended up shooting and killing him. "The Police Department received a report from parents about their daughter, elementary age, was being followed by a vehicle, by a person, taking pictures of her," spokesman Officer Cleo Mayoral said. Officer Ponce questioned an angry McMullan as roommate, as Alfreda Boner stood by. "Bobby was getting really aggrevated in the doorway. The police got the bat and he was trying to hit Bobby with the bat," Boner said. "Bobby was trying to get the bat so he wouldn't clobber him." "It was a violent struggle," Mayoral said. "It happened in the doorway. During the struggle, the door was taken off its hinges by the impact of both of them fighting there." At that point, police said Ponce got his gun and fired. "He said, 'I"m gonna shoot,' and he shot instantly, three times and went right there," Boner said. "I don't know how he missed me. The bullet went right through the door."

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  • 2whom this may concernMay 26, 2012 - 11:58 am

    Thats bull. Idoubt thy tried running fat ponce down, he shot at her car justbecause he thought she was ignorring his fatass. Ffpd wat r yall doing? Fire officer ponce

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