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An ambulance leaves the crime scene following a shooting, Friday, at Bella Vista Drive near Bluejay Drive in Suisun City. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)


Deputy: Man shot, killed by Fairfield police after he shot at officers

By From page A1 | July 21, 2013

Man tentatively ID’d a Suisun City resident

SUISUN CITY — A man was shot and killed Friday by Fairfield police in a hail of gunfire just outside of Suisun City after he opened fire on officers, authorities announced early Saturday.

The officer-involved shooting was the end result of a failed traffic stop shortly after 9 p.m. in the area of Grande Circle and East Tabor Avenue in Fairfield. The nature of the traffic stop was not released other than to say it was for a traffic violation.

Deputy Daryl P. Snedeker, public information officer for the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, said the man, tentatively identified as a Suisun City resident, fired several shots at officers after his black 2003 Hummer became stuck on an embankment at the westernmost section of Bella Vista Drive, off of Walters Road.

Here’s the original report from late Friday night, published in the Saturday morning edition of the Daily Republic.

Officers then shot the man several times before he dropped his handgun, Snedeker said in a Saturday morning press release. He was taken to a local trauma center where he died of his injuries.

No officers were injured in the exchange of gunfire.

The man’s name and age were not released. He has what Snedeker described as “an extensive criminal history” that includes arrests for multiple armed robberies in other states.

Friday’s incident began as a traffic stop for what Snedeker described as “an observed traffic violation.” The driver sped away, and a chase ensued that took Fairfield officers into nearby Suisun City. The driver led officers into a residential area along Bella Vista Drive before taking the Hummer into a field and getting it stuck on an embankment near Bluejay Drive.

“The driver initially stepped out of the vehicle, but quickly ducked back into the driver’s compartment and retrieved a handgun.” Snedeker said in the release. “Several shots were fired by the suspect at the officers.”

The officers returned fire, ending the exchange. The number of officers who fired at the man was not released.

Sheriff’s Office investigators are handling the criminal investigation since the shooting occurred just outside the Suisun City limits. Investigators with the Solano County District Attorney’s Office are assisting with the criminal investigation. Fairfield police are monitoring the investigation internally.

Chief Walt Tibbet of the Fairfield Police Department said that’s standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting. Officers are placed on paid administrative leave while authorities investigate a shooting they’re involved in.

Friday’s fatal officer-involved shooting was the second in as many days in central Solano County and the third in three weeks.

Police in Vacaville shot and killed 24-year-old Kendall Walker of Fairfield on Thursday night after a pursuit through a residential area. Walker died at the scene.

Police said Walker tried to run down an officer who was trying to deploy a spike strip to stop Walker’s car. Once stopped, police said Walker got out of his car and, armed with a hammer and a knife, moved aggressively toward officers who were also out of their cars. That’s when Walker was shot.

Thursday’s fatal shooting came just shy of three weeks after police in Vacaville shot and killed Lonnie Taylor, 21, of Sacramento, on June 28 after he allegedly tried to run down officers during a traffic stop on eastbound Interstate 80.

Taylor led officers on a brief freeway pursuit after he was shot. The chase ended when Taylor crashed near Midway Avenue. He died a short time later at Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center.

Friday’s incident was the Fairfield department’s second fatal officer-involved shooting of the year.

Saan Pao Saeteurn, 32, who had addresses in both Fairfield and Suisun City, was shot and killed the afternoon of May 2 by Fairfield police at the Suisun City boat launch.

Fairfield police were there along with officers from other agencies after Suisun police called for help to deal with a suicidal man who was armed with a rifle. Police said Saeteurn threatened officers with the rifle and was shot. Six Fairfield officers were involved in that shooting.

The rifle turned out to be a pellet gun that police said was “nearly indistinguishable” from a real rifle without first handling it.

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Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.

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  • no justiceJuly 21, 2013 - 3:33 am

    Yet another innocent man clearly shot by a white cop with less than desirable intentions!

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  • marrick8791July 21, 2013 - 9:52 am

    How do you know the cops were white?

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  • FF RESIDENTJuly 21, 2013 - 9:47 pm

    Now day with everyone having guns I would pull mine too. If you don't obey the law or officers then you choose the out come.. Don't blame the officers for your stupidity...

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  • PatriotJuly 21, 2013 - 6:56 am

    yep, I wonder if all of those cop-haters believe the suspect actually shoots at officers. Maybe the officers should have pulled their tasers out or maybe shot their shotgun with rubber bullets at the perp. Morons, cops use deadly force to address someone using deadly force against them. Thanks god we have men and women in uniform brave enough to address this criminals.

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  • Nick TelascoJuly 21, 2013 - 7:58 am

    Somebody sounds like a person who believes anything the cops say. Is that what being a patriot is? You makes your opinions known in these comments and call people names for having their own. Ya that does sound pretty patriotic to me. When a suspect shoots, shoot back, but until then don't let our police become trigger happy for ANY reason. Professionalism means a leveled response EVERYTIME. We need less patriots in this country and more Americans.

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  • Typical County WorkerJuly 21, 2013 - 8:41 am

    If you obey the law, even though they are so oppressive, which includes obeying an officer's commands during contact, there is no reason for negative police contact. Heck, I just watched Jerry Seinfeld on his show Comedians in Cars getting Coffee saying yes sir and no sir to a police officer when pulled over for speeding. Even when the officer is "giving attitude" be respectful.

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  • CD Brooks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj0mtxXEGE8July 21, 2013 - 8:54 am

    Rules to live by...

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  • Street WiseJuly 21, 2013 - 8:42 am

    Just sayin; it’s amazing how Fairfield PD spent thousands on weapon systems that fires a rubber slugs & one that fires pepperspray. They even used to have targets that they set up over in the parking used for parking the squad cars. You could see the cops practice from time to time. Now that is done over at Fairfield’s money pit called the range. It’s interesting that you never hear of them using it in any situation. Seems like all responding officers would rather stand around pointing there service pistols at a suspect rather than have one get the weapon from the trunk. Waiting for someone to sneeze or a cell phone to go off so they can pump 20 rounds into him or her & get in on that administrating leave with pay. In Vacaville when the cop deployed the spike strip, seems to me that if you are going to avoid it there is a 50/50 chance that there will be a cop standing there (not that suspects don’t sometime aim deliberately at the cop). Now the suspect has given the cops an undisputed excuse for use of lethal force rather than any non-lethal option (can you say time off with pay). Funny how you always read that the suspect failed to response to orders or the suspect was holding something that resembled a weapon & the officer feared for his life(is that how it really happened). Google cop shoots man holding cell phone or unarmed man & see how many hits you get. Seems to me we see a lot of shoot first ask questions later & flat out “over kill” & the cops are getting used to getting away with it. So when you read these articles, remember who is providing most of the info and is that exactly what happened. If you think that cops always tell the truth & don’t break the law or violate people’s rights you need to get your head out of your, well you get the picture. Remember there’re the professionals…. Police Officer’s Creed… As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property, to protect the innocent against deception, the ‐weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality, and justice. I‐will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all, maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self‐restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity ‐will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty. I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities, or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I‐will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities. I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself to my chosen profession... law enforcement.

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  • TDMJuly 21, 2013 - 9:54 am

    TLDR(Too long didn't read). In short you ramble on with your cop hatred but I bet they're the first person you call when you need them and gripe because they took too long.Get over yourself.

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  • Street WiseJuly 21, 2013 - 10:28 am

    @TDM; surprised you could pull your head out long enough to post that riveting retort.

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  • marrick8791July 21, 2013 - 10:06 am

    Street wise, really what is comes down to is, when a police officer has a right to detain a person that person needs to do what he/she is being told to do. If you run from the police you risk injury to yourself and others. It is that simple. You go around spike strips and point your car at police officers you are risking your life along with theirs with your actions (police officers cant put themselves into a dangerous situation and then use deadly force). If the guy in VV just stops when the first officer tried to stop him he would probably been out of there 15 minutes later. Instead HE chose to set a series of actions into motion that cost him his life and now the officer that killed him will have to deal with that for the rest of his life. It is not a police offers job to wait until someone takes a couple shots at him before he responds with the same level of force. That is not the way it works. It has nothing to do with wanting to kill anyone. And if you think that is the case you are mistaken.

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  • Street WiseJuly 21, 2013 - 10:36 am

    @Maverick; What I think is when the officer lacks training, integrity & fails to follow the creed he & his department can hardly call them selves professional.

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  • marrick8791July 21, 2013 - 10:46 am

    Who is Maverick? Isnt that the guy from top gun? Please tell me how the Officers in the Fairfield shooting acted unprofessionally?

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  • PatriotJuly 21, 2013 - 11:42 am

    Street-Wise. I am glad you are in this profession. Continue doing the great job you do everyday. I don't envy you in the position you are put in everyday. I do respect and support what you do!

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  • FF64July 21, 2013 - 1:23 pm

    Which fired or forcibly retired FPD Supervisor are you? Obviously you have an axe to grind with PD Mgmt.

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  • marrick8791July 21, 2013 - 2:00 pm

    HEY CB… thinking it is the guy that likes to play with Star wars figures… lol

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  • TomJuly 21, 2013 - 10:18 pm

    FF64. Obviously you love to blame others. Man up an identify yourself. If you can't, then don't throw stones, look in the mirror instead. FFPD personnel are competent and loyal and have been through out time. Only you seem to have a whining problem. This isn't high school anymore.

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  • FF64July 21, 2013 - 11:46 pm

    I think you're confused "Tom". My comments were directed at "Streetwise" who was bashing the FPD. I suspect he is one of a few former FPD supervisors who routinely bash the FPD's current management. I have never commented negatively about the department, ever!

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  • TomJuly 22, 2013 - 9:06 pm

    FF64 So let me understand you, You are more than comfortable throwing stones and taking cheap shots at people and slander them because you are the all mighty, all knowing, expert on sources and evidence. We should all bow down to your all mighty self. You fail to recognize that you, by your comments are in fact criticizing members of the Department be it past or present and speaking negatively about members of the Department past or present. You seem to be the angry former supervisor with a chip on your shoulder. If the mirror can stand it, take a good long look at yourself.

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  • TomJuly 24, 2013 - 8:18 pm

    ff64 when you disrespectfully refer to former supervisors at FFPD, I'm curious. Are you including the former chief who promoted his wife in order to make his house payment? or the former supervisor who interfered with the DA's office investigation(s) involving felonies committed by his two boys? or are you referring to the former supervisor who stopped a interim chief from publicly humiliating a sitting council member? Are you not counting a current police second in command who was responsible for a ticket scandal several years ago? Are you considering a current officer who was formerly a supervisor but was involved in accepting gratuities from the local Mercedes Benz dealership? Just who are you talking about?

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  • NICEJuly 21, 2013 - 7:47 am

    i hope the hummer is ok, and i wonder what tow yard has it?

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  • SJJuly 21, 2013 - 9:09 am

    Yep, that should do it!! Tasers & rubber bullets against real ammo! Get real people & give the cops a break! A Hummer? This guy must have really turned his life around to own one....yeh, right!!!!

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  • Bill of RightsJuly 21, 2013 - 10:22 am

    Wow! Lots of negative comments here. Folks, we live in a dangerous society. People do bad things. The police are our last line of defense, before Martial Law. I support our police. Another police officer gets to go home to his family. I am glad both officers are okay! Bad decision for the bad guy! Next!

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  • What about Fairfield resident Robert McMullen?July 21, 2013 - 12:36 pm

    Let's not forget Fairfield resident Robert McMullen...who was UNARMED, shot and killed in his own home by Fairfield Officer Adam Ponce...What evidence did Fairfield police ever show that they had against this man! This trigger happy cop created a justified shooting when he said the victim was trying to grab his baton...What person wouldn't try to stop being struck over the head...it's a person's natural reaction to stop from being clubbed by using his hands to grab the baton.. As far as I'm cncerned..Fairfield officer Adam Ponce executed Mr. McMullen while he was unarmed in his own home. There was never any evidence suggesting he ever committed a crime!

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  • marrick8791July 21, 2013 - 2:07 pm

    Are you suggesting that Officer Ponce just showed up at Mr McMullen's house, pulled out his baton and started clubbing him over the head? Mr McMullen did nothing to cause Officer Ponce to pull out his baton? Is that what you are really trying to get people to believe?

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  • What about Fairfield resident Robert McMullen?July 21, 2013 - 2:33 pm

    Where's the evidence that Mr. McMullen ever committed the crime that Officer Ponce went to his door for? Once Mr. McCullen said he wasn't involved in any crime, it appears Fairfield Officer Adam Ponce tried to beat a confession that he was taking photographs of a underage girl..The only evidence that Ponce even had for a reason to be at Mr. McMullen's door was his car matched the description. Officer Ponce had NOTHING on Mr. McMullen. So once this UNARMED resident denied knowing anything about Ponce's accusations...things started to become heated because Cop's always press the issue with citizens their accusing with TYPICAL Officer lies like.."look we have witnesses that it was you"...or "I have people that saw you at the scene". Bottom line..Officer Ponce shot a UNARMED city resident in the confines and tranquilty of his own home!

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  • marrick8791July 21, 2013 - 3:37 pm

    OK, so what you are saying is that after Mr McMullen said he wasnt involved Officer Ponce took out his baton and started to beat a confession out of him? Is that your position? I am wondering what your position is with regards to Mr McMullen having prior combative contacts with FFPD. Were those contacts the fault of the FFPD Officer that contacted him in the past as well? Personally, I believe if Mr McMullen wasnt a confrontational jack a$$ he would still be with us today. That is just my opinion though… I suppose I could be wrong...

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  • PatriotJuly 21, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    yep, there are always two sides of the story. Unfortunate for Mr. McMullen!

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  • What about Fairfield resident Robert McMullen?July 21, 2013 - 4:07 pm

    Ok, So what your saying is Fairfield Police Officer Adam Ponce KNEW that Mr. McCullen had a previous history with law enforcement?...FINALLY the truth is coming out!So if Officer Ponce knew the history of Mr. McCullen..can you please share with city residents which Police Commander was it that signed off on Ponce making contact Mr. McCullen as a LONE officer...or was it the renegade cop himself that made that decision to go after Mr. McCullen?

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  • marrick8791July 21, 2013 - 5:22 pm

    IDK what Officer Ponce knew. BUT I know I can go to court connect to find out Mr McMullen's criminal history. Again Thank You Officer Ponce for the money you saved this county by ridding it of that scum.

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  • What about Fairfield resident Robert McMullen?July 21, 2013 - 4:25 pm

    Yeah..a Fairfield Resident SHOULD be considered combative and confrontational when he denies a Officer's false accusations? Make sure you thank Officer Ponce for saving the taxayers the cost of a trial!

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  • marrick8791July 21, 2013 - 5:20 pm


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  • What about Fairfield resident Robert McMullen?July 21, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    It's important to keep what happen to Mr. McCullen in every City resident's memory...it was only a couple month's earlier that this trigger happy cop put Lead in one of our female city residents.

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  • Bill of RightsJuly 21, 2013 - 7:07 pm

    So I just checked court connect on that person who tried to run down Officer Ponce and learned in May, she was plead and was sentenced to her charges. I'm no rocket scientist, but pleading to a crime is a good indication that there was sufficient evidence the crime of occurred. If that's the case, and if the officer fired his gun to defend himself, I suspect that he was justified! GOOD JOB OFFICER PONCE! Seems private investigators who never could make it as the real police will do anything to kick up dust! I don't know who are worst, defense attorneys or the PI's who work for them!

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  • PatriotJuly 22, 2013 - 6:24 am

    Good job Officer Ponce!

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  • vonettaJuly 21, 2013 - 4:44 pm

    The shooting happened behind my house I heard the vehicle come done the street at a high speed then I saw the police car because at that point I was looking out my window which faces the street that the police shot this man. Its either the newspaper or the police that is lieing because there was only one gun that was fired. There was only one police car when the shooting took place,then all other officers showed up on scene. All I know for sure is that there was only one gun fired on Bella vista

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  • What about Fairfield resident Robert McMullen?July 21, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    Thank you Vonetta for telling the truth..As you can see from what the DR is reporting. Fairfield PD has a preparatory statement that they send out whenever one of their officer's cap a city resident!

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  • VonettaJuly 21, 2013 - 6:16 pm

    The shooting happened behind my house and I know for sure that there was only 1 gun that was fired when the police officer shoot and killed that man. It does not matter if the officer's where white, black hispanic, or any other color or nationality. What matters is that either the POLICE department or the newspaper is telling lies. I heard the suspects car come down my street at a very fast pace. I looked out my bedroom window and saw the police car coming down the street at a very fast speed and then I heard something crash into the ditch. I told my husband I think the police car crashed, we walked out into our back yard opened up our gate that leads to the back street and then heard about 8 or 9 shots being fired. After the gun was fired is when all the other police cars came at a very fast pace. They told everyone we needed to go back into our homes because it is now a crime scene. Well it's a crime scene that they created because the didn't want to use their better judgement. Tell me why the sheriff's department is making statements to the paper when they where not even involved in the ordeal. But we all know how the police departments work " It's a good ol boy network they all cover each others asses even when they know what happened was wrong.

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  • What about Fairfield resident Robert McMullen?July 21, 2013 - 6:41 pm

    Thank you Vonetta..it takes alot of courage to speak publically about what you witnessed. You're absolutely right about this town being a good ole boys town..the local gangsters with badges have no one that holds them accountable for their actions..they have gotten their former coworkers and supporters elected to every political office in the county!!! On top of that..they're making some of the highest wages/pensions in the State so they can have the honor to victimize us!

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  • streetJuly 21, 2013 - 11:30 pm

    @Vonnetta. I am glad to see you heard 8 or nine shots fired. What makes you think they came from only one gun? Why would you think the someone was lying?

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  • TDMJuly 21, 2013 - 8:54 pm

    Yes, make sure you still have the courage to testify to this when it comes to court as an eyewitness, Vonetta. Don't leave out any detail. Otherwise the court may not count you as an unreliable witness to this horrific and one sided event that you witnessed with your own two eyes and ears.

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  • BobbyJuly 21, 2013 - 6:40 pm

    Only people who hate cops are asshole, dirtbag criminal who are upset cause they are too stupid to get normal jobs or be normal people. Then they cry help when they are In trouble to the same people they complain about. They just keep proving their stupidity and inability to take responsibility for their own actions. More or less, they are animals and the only proof God makes mistake creating such wastes of skin not worth the excremental that leaves their bodies.

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  • Hey Maverick....July 21, 2013 - 7:50 pm

    One of your fan club? lol

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  • ftina kausoksila - Daulos.grJuly 22, 2013 - 1:13 am

    φθηνά ξύλα αθήνα / ftina ksila athina

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  • ObserverNovember 09, 2013 - 11:32 pm

    "... 'an extensive criminal history' that includes arrests for multiple armed robberies in other states". -- So the guy is a lifelong violent criminal and shoots at cops during a failed get-away, which leads to officers shooting him in return? Sounds like a text book ending for another scumbag thug. Good job, deputies.

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