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Police: Man killed near Suisun boat launch was holding pellet gun

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From page A1 | May 07, 2013 |

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SUISUN CITY — The victim of Thursday’s officer-involved shooting was suicidal, high on methamphetamine and holding a pellet gun, according to police.

Those details were released Monday about Saan Pao Saeteurn, 32, who had addresses in both Fairfield and Suisun City. Saeteurn was well-known to police and had an extensive criminal record, including a bench warrant for three offenses issued April 29 in Solano County.

Six Fairfield police officers have been on paid administrative leave since the shooting, said Officer Cleo Mayoral in a press release. The names of the officers were not released.

Officers from several agencies were called Thursday afternoon to the boat ramp in Suisun City for a report of a man with a rifle. Police found Saeteurn sitting at a picnic table, holding a rifle, and they began to try to talk him into putting the weapon down, according to police.

Saeteurn then told officers he was suicidal and made threats to them, police said. The standoff continued for 14 minutes until he threatened the officers with the rifle and was shot, according to a press release.

It was determined after the shooting that Saeteurn was holding a pellet gun manufactured to look like a rifle. Police described it as “nearly indistinguishable” from a real rifle without handling it.

Saeteurn’s criminal past includes arrests for theft, battery, possession of stolen property, possession of narcotics, resisting arrest and false impersonation, according to reports. Saeteurn was on felony probation for arson at the time of the incident, reports said.

Police described him as “combative and volatile” during past incidents.

After talking with witnesses, police reported that Saeteurn struggled with substance abuse and years of mental health treatment. He reportedly was using methamphetamine and alcohol before the incident, according to reports. He had also indicated to friends that he was suicidal, according to police.

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Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.
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  • RichMay 07, 2013 - 10:30 am

    So the way the DR tells it, the cops have no culpability or contributory neglect in all of this. Yeah, right.

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  • FredMay 07, 2013 - 6:47 pm

    Wow, six "Fairfield" cops on paid administrative leave...Go Figure...Maybe they should have a "Designated Shooter"...

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  • ReaderMay 07, 2013 - 6:50 pm

    a true darwin award winner....

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  • The SugarJarMay 07, 2013 - 7:09 pm

    I am very sorry that this happened. That it happens even at all. Mental illness is a something that seems to present a particular challenge to law enforcement--really to society. Treatment of mental illness, like treatment of physical illness, ought to be a basic societal mission. This is for the sake of the individual as well as society. Its both a focus and a funding problem. It isn't a snap-out-of-it-pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps situation. May his friends and family find peace.

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  • Jeremy saeleeMay 07, 2013 - 10:42 pm

    He wasn't mentally ill or suicidal, stop making up lies.

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  • FriendMay 07, 2013 - 10:44 pm

    Why is everything published a lie? This man was not suicidal. Stop trying to cover the embrassment for the cops. They had other means of handling this incident without killing this guy. Just because the family don't have any one pursuing a case against the police department dosen't make this right.

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  • Lay SanoMay 07, 2013 - 11:04 pm

    I speak for everyone who has known and loved this man whether its a family member or a friend.. Everyone (family &friends) here is still trying to figure out what really happened to this man leading to 15-18 shots being fired that took his life.. This family has yet to say their final good byes and put their beloved brother,son,uncle,nephew, friend to rest. Just a thought but did you all know he was a human being and not animal.

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  • LogicMay 08, 2013 - 12:20 am

    So a known felon holding a weapon and threatening police is all of a sudden a saint and the police that were following their ROEs and defending themselves are the bad guys... Well I guess I've just died. You people will believe absolutely everything you hear in the media when it comes to everything but law enforcement. Pull your heads out, the air is much fresher out here.

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