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Police: Man, officer engage in violent struggle before shooting

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From page A1 | April 25, 2012 |

FAIRFIELD (8:12 p.m.) — Fairfield police conducted a hastily arranged press conference Tuesday to confirm the details of information gathered by the Daily Republic from multiple sources in the hours since a Monday night officer-involved shooting left 51-year-old Robert J. McMullan fatally injured in the front foyer of his Gold Coast Drive home.

Longtime Fairfield police officer Adam Ponce went to the home shortly before 6 p.m. Monday to follow up on a report of a man in a car following a Laurel Creek student home from school and taking her picture a few days earlier. The 10-year-old girl’s description of a small red convertible with a white top matched the car parked in front of the home near the corner of Gold Coast and Gulf drives. The girl’s parents spotted the car Monday afternoon and called the police.

Ponce went to the front door of the home with little more than McMullan’s name from the car’s registration records. He was there to see if there was a connection between the car and the resident — an investigation of possible suspicious behavior.

Ponce did not know of McMullan’s history in Solano and Napa counties of domestic violence and his past assaults and numerous contacts and confrontations with police. Those details would be learned in the following hours. In 2010, McMullan was arrested on a felony assault charge. The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor and after he served community service hours, the case was dropped. In 2008, the son of the homeowner obtained a restraining order against McMullan.

Before knocking on the metal security screen door, Ponce asked dispatchers for backup support. The routine precaution came just seconds before McMullan opened the screen door.

“He was extremely agitated and acting irrational and quickly became confrontational,” Officer Cleo Mayoral said of McMullan’s behavior.

McMullan shoved Ponce and the two men got into a violent struggle in the doorway. Mayoral declined to confirm that McMullan had grabbed the baton from the officer’s gear belt during the struggle shortly before Ponce called out on the radio, “Shots fired.”

“Those details are still being investigated by Internal Affairs and the District Attorney’s Office,” Mayoral said of the sudden violence precipitating the gunfire. Mayoral said it would not be accurate to characterize the two men as wrestling.

McMullan was shot twice in the chest and the elderly homeowner, a 75-year-old woman, was standing just a few feet away and witnessed the shooting, according to the mother’s son, who was asleep in the home at the time of the shooting.

Several neighbors were not surprised by the sudden outburst of violence. Some did express surprise that the violence had not occurred between McMullan and the son, who they said had a long-simmering feud.

“The entire department is upset around this. None of us wants to shoot anybody or take a life,” Mayoral said.

Ponce is the same officer who shot a suspect in February in the department’s only other officer-involved shooting of 2012.

On the night of Feb. 15, Glenda Josselson, 62, drove into the parking lot of her Hilborn Road apartment complex and was met by two officers, one of them Ponce, who wanted to talk to her about the burglary of her ex-husband’s home a few days earlier. After refusing to get out of her car, Josselson tried to drive off and allegedly swerved toward Ponce, who pulled his gun and fired one shot at the car, striking Josselson in the hand.

Josselson is facing felony assault charges and is set for a probable cause hearing in May.

Ponce was placed on paid administrative leave after the February shooting. He was also placed on paid administrative leave after Monday’s shooting.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or jsullivan@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

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FAIRFIELD (5:44 p.m.) — The 51-year-old Fairfield man shot and killed by a police officer Monday evening had grabbed the baton from the officer’s gear belt as the pair stood at the front door of the man’s Gold Coast Drive home.

A violent struggle ensued that culminated with the officer shooting Robert J. McMullan twice in the chest. The elderly homeowner was standing nearby and witnessed the shooting, according to the mother’s son, who was asleep in the home at the time of the shooting.

Fairfield police refused to release any new information about the shooting, including the names of the shooting victim or the police officer. Several law enforcement officials familiar with the shooting confirmed the son’s account and the victim’s identity.

The same law enforcement officials confirmed the officer, Adam Ponce, had gone to the home near the corner of Gold Coast and Gulf drives to follow up on a neighbor’s report that one of the residents at the home had followed a school girl through the neighborhood and taken her picture. Police said Tuesday that the girl was 10 to 12 years old.

The officer, a 16-year veteran of the Fairfield Police Department, is same officer who shot a suspect in February in the department’s only other officer-involved shooting of 2012.

On the night of Feb. 15, Glenda Josselson, 62, drove into the parking lot of her Hilborn Road apartment complex and was met by two officers who wanted to talk to her about the burglary of her ex-husband’s home a few days earlier. After refusing to get out of her car, she tried to drive off and allegedly swerved toward one of the officers, who pulled his gun and fired one shot at the car, striking Josselson in the hand.

Josselson is facing felony assault charges and is set for a probable cause hearing in May.

The officer who shot Josselson was placed on paid administrative leave after the February shooting and he was also placed on paid administrative leave after Monday night’s shooting.

In 2010, McMullan was arrested on a felony assault charge. The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor and after he served community service hours, the case was dropped. In 2008, the son of the homeowner obtained a restraining order against McMullan.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or jsullivan@dailyrepublic.net. 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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  • Christine in FFApril 24, 2012 - 6:14 pm

    This report is not done very well. Some paragraphs are contradicting and confusing.

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  • Christine in FFApril 24, 2012 - 6:29 pm

    Hahaha~ just reread it again~ Lets start with the very first sentence."The 51-year-old man Fairfield shot and killed by a police officer Monday evening had grabbed the baton from the officer’s gear belt as the pair stood at the front door of the man’s Gold Coast Drive." LOL Didn't know that 'Fairfield' can shoot and kill a man. The next sentence about the elderly homeowner~ is she the mother of the son? Just not very well written all the way around~ but hey, we're all human, it's ok.

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  • Glen FaisonApril 24, 2012 - 10:11 pm

    @Christine in FF: You're correct. We were working to get the story out to the community. The story has since been updated (above) to reflect the latest information. I've made some quick corrections to the original post to take care of the most significant errors that you mentioned.

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  • RichApril 25, 2012 - 6:20 am

    Are you saying you actually 'corrected' the original report or corrected the errors in a supplemental post ?

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  • Glen FaisonApril 25, 2012 - 12:52 pm

    @Rich: I corrected things like the transposed words ("51-year-old man Fairfield" to 51-year-old Fairfield man") in the original post from shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, which is located at the bottom of the post above. The story as it appears from the top of the post is the updated version from later in the evening.

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  • RichApril 26, 2012 - 12:19 pm

    Thank you for the response. Regards

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  • OutragedApril 24, 2012 - 6:45 pm

    Ive had previous contacts with officer ponce. He always abuses his power and uses racial slurs. Im not the only one who feels like that about him. This is the second time he shoots someone this year? This officer is dangerous and should be fired from the force!!!!!!

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  • Mike ConnersApril 24, 2012 - 6:50 pm

    I have never had any contacts with Officer Ponce... then again, I am not a criminal. Just saying....

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  • Christine in FFApril 24, 2012 - 7:06 pm

    LOL! That's funny! Hmmm~ no contact here either. Imagine that.

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  • 2whom this may concernApril 24, 2012 - 11:23 pm

    Thats probably because your on the computer all day commenting on the newspaper lol. You should get a job here.

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  • Christine in FFApril 25, 2012 - 1:33 pm

    You may think what you want~ I'm still a great citizen that contributes to my community and isn't out there breaking the law to have any negative contact with the PD. Have a great day!

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  • thebigcheese707April 24, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    Two shooting victims in less than 4 months... oh yeah Fairfield it's cool... he is a 16 year vet.. the Daily Republic is a back up to the Fairfield Police Department... this story is all twisted up to make it seem like this Death is well played by the Police Department... another let's cover our own ass technique... if you have been a 16 year veteran police officer.. you just let someone grab your baton????

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  • FredApril 24, 2012 - 9:59 pm

    Give the DR a little credit. They did bring up the fact that this officer was involved in another shooting...

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  • MikeApril 25, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    What does being a 16 year veteran officer have to do with someone grabbing your baton? Anyone can grab an officer's baton; it happens. Expect to pay the price though.

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  • GemmaApril 26, 2012 - 5:16 pm

    So what if he reached for his baton.If he didn't successfully take the baton from the cop, then he should have been hit with the baton-not shot to death. This was overkill.If he had reached for his gun, then I could see shooting him, but shooting him because he reached for a baton is ludicrous.

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  • Shawn ByrneApril 26, 2012 - 9:04 pm

    Big Cheese....are you a cop? Do you leave your family for work to handle what should be "routine" calls for service, only to have something unpredictable happen like being violently attacked while doing your "job" that could potentially leave your wife a widow, your kids without a father?? I suspect the answer is no. Having said that, maybe you should stick to commenting on whatever your profession is rather than something you have no knowledge of......

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  • dear poor sportApril 26, 2012 - 9:24 pm

    @Shawn... i hope your debate of a response makes you feel much more superior than prior to your post... I see more than what you can assume... im in eyesight of the house where this took place... im no eyewitness, but i see many detectives asking questions... So Mr Shawn... have a great day and don't forget to smile and say thank you

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  • Gary KatocsApril 27, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    Wasn't too long ago a Navy Seal accidently fatally shot himself in the head.Things happen fast..

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  • LyndaApril 24, 2012 - 6:51 pm

    Lots, and lots of shootings in FF.

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  • trigger happy copApril 24, 2012 - 7:19 pm

    if this cop has shot 2 city residents in 1 year, this officer needs to have his gun immediately taken away.

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  • Christine in FFApril 24, 2012 - 7:25 pm

    2 city residents??? More like 2 dumba$$, ign0rant people that don't know how to behave in a civil manner and suffered the consequences because of it.

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  • Officers point of view?April 24, 2012 - 7:29 pm

    Bang, don't move. Bang, stop. I'd like to know the elderly ladies take on things.

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  • trigger happy copApril 24, 2012 - 7:37 pm

    In both of these cases it sounds like the only person with a firearm was this fairfield cop...is this now acceptable? Cops are trained to subdue suspects without using LETHAL FORCE, why is this cop resorting to such extreme measures? Even if this guy grabbed his baton...this officer had SUPREME firepower over this suspect that didn't require 2 shots to his chest to subdue him! fairfield residents need answers to what the heck happened last night.

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  • marrick8791April 24, 2012 - 7:44 pm

    I will tell you what, let me hit you with a baton on the head a couple of times and then you tell me if you think lethal force should be an option for you.

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  • trigger happy copApril 24, 2012 - 7:52 pm

    Since this story broke last night...it's been reported that this Officer sustained NO Injuries. Your version.."let me hit you with a baton on the head a couple times" DIDN"T HAPPEN LAST NIGHT! Quit trying to make this a Justifiable homicide!

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  • marrick8791April 24, 2012 - 7:57 pm

    The point is trigger happy cop... that a cop does not have to let someone beat them with a baton before they resort to deadly force.

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  • trigger happy copApril 24, 2012 - 8:15 pm

    Nothing in this article says the gentleman actually gained control of the baton or if he was just grabbing it...but let's say he has it in his hands... so what your saying is that the cop is justified to drop a couple .40 cal slugs into this guys chest instead of using his tazer or using some of his training manuvers on this elderly gentleman. Why was there the need to kill this old guy?

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  • marrick8791April 24, 2012 - 9:22 pm

    Yes, at that point he had the right to shot him.

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  • Wait a minute....April 24, 2012 - 9:49 pm

    OLD GUY!!! He was only 51. 50 is the new 40. Geeezzzz...

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  • Christine in FFApril 24, 2012 - 8:15 pm

    Dang it~ forgot about moderation. Getting more ign0rant by the second. Question for you~ If you stick your hand through a fence KNOWING there is a big dog~ do you not expect to get your freakin hand bit off? Only if you could pull it out fast enough. The officer was faster in this situation. I don’t need answers to what happened. It’s all explained when it says ” grabbed the baton from the officers gear belt”. Enough explanation for me.

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  • tcc43April 24, 2012 - 7:41 pm

    Moderation? Really? This is my last post on this ridiculous website. Hope the previous sentence does not trigger another censoring by the DR folks. Absolutely ridiculous!!!!!!

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  • Christine in FFApril 24, 2012 - 7:56 pm

    tcc43~ certain words 'trigger' the moderation. It's in the software~ it can be worked around~ look at my post from 7:25. Those 2 words would be triggered for moderation. Those are considered to be name calling words that wouldn't be allowed. Glen (or someone else) would then look at it and approve/disapprove of the post. Dumba$$ definitely wouldn't be allowed in my comment, but ign0rant probably would be allowed in that text. Hope that makes sense.

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  • tcc43April 24, 2012 - 8:13 pm

    Thanks, Christine--if my "moderated" post ever becomes public, I think you will see why I am not a happy camper.

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  • Christine in FFApril 24, 2012 - 8:23 pm

    Now I'm curious~ fix it to get past moderation. You can copy and paste from your page (it shows up on yours, not ours) and just fix the little 'trigger' words so it will post. C'mon, please! Uh, well, unless it was directed at me of course. Hehe.

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  • WowApril 24, 2012 - 8:05 pm

    You promise :)

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  • Gary KatocsApril 26, 2012 - 2:49 am

    Thankfully not tcc43...keeping swinging the sword

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  • Keeping up with the JonesesApril 26, 2012 - 6:58 pm

    Typical Republican, brings a sword to a gun fight... Best save that sword for Hara-Kiri...

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  • Keeping up with the JonesesApril 26, 2012 - 7:21 pm

    (This was to go here) Typical Republican, brings a sword to a gun fight… Best save that sword for Hara-Kiri…

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  • tcc43April 26, 2012 - 7:59 pm

    Fortunately, all a Republican/conservative needs is a sword when engaged in a gun fight with a flaming liberal such as yourself, Jonses. How is your foot? Ouch! I bet that smarts.

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  • Keeping up with the JonesesApril 26, 2012 - 8:20 pm

    Foot?...Well lets hope Katocs keeps his word cuz we now know what yours is worth..."This is my last post on this ridiculous website!"...Knew that was too good to believe...Typical Republicans... ;)

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  • SavetheRepublicApril 26, 2012 - 9:58 pm

    Jacks of tall tales

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  • SavetheRepublicApril 26, 2012 - 10:01 pm

    Good Night sweet dreams

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  • Gary KatocsApril 26, 2012 - 10:17 pm

    Well Jonesey it has been said..a mind not willing to change is a mind not willing to grow...

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  • tcc43April 27, 2012 - 4:04 pm

    Conservative.........I only added the Republican tag because you libs can't grok the difference and get confused.

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  • Keeping up with the JonesesApril 27, 2012 - 4:31 pm

    You are correct tcc43, I don't "grok" the difference.

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  • tcc43April 27, 2012 - 4:35 pm

    Showing my age. It's a sixties term. Sorry.

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  • Gary KatocsApril 26, 2012 - 10:08 pm

    Street logic...you charge a gun..run from a knife..

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  • Gary KatocsApril 26, 2012 - 9:51 pm

    Typical Democrat..doesn't know where it goes.

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  • Gary KatocsApril 27, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    Think you need a shorter blade for that..Is it Wakishashi.?or more likely a Tanto...

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  • Keeping up with the JonesesApril 30, 2012 - 8:30 pm

    What ever works...Leave that up to you...Your choice... :)

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  • mike mikeApril 24, 2012 - 9:46 pm

    Maybe city residents shouldn't keep fighting with him, or trying to run him over.

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  • tcc43April 24, 2012 - 9:54 pm

    Slightly revised moderated comment from 7:34 pm this evening: Maybe the officer was just doing his job in an out-of-control city. When you have hundreds of thugs, gang-bangers and otherwise clueless individuals running our streets, and just a few cops on the beat to control them--what are the odds that the same officer could be involved in two shooting episodes? Should he have tased the berserk woman's car? Let the berserk man beat the heck out of him with his own baton? Just askin....

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  • Glen FaisonApril 24, 2012 - 10:18 pm

    @Christine in FF: The dollar signs bypass the filter. I'm looking at comments now and some will come down -- including yours. :-)

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  • Christine in FFApril 24, 2012 - 10:29 pm

    Aww~ They weren't terrible. How come idi0t is a trigger but a$$hole is not? Just curious.

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  • Glen FaisonApril 24, 2012 - 10:52 pm

    @Christine in FF: It's a function of how WordPress operates. We tagged "idiot" for automatic moderation because so many people were using it to call someone else a name. Our policy allows for someone to describe another's comment as idiotic, but not to call someone an idiot. This example also illustrates the answer to your question: When we flag "idiot," it also flags variants such as "idiotic." If we flagged the word you ask about, the system would also flag more common words such as pass, bass, glass, etc. You can see how that would be problematic. It's a fine balance, at times.

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  • Christine in FFApril 25, 2012 - 1:39 pm

    Kinda confusing~ but it is what it is. Thanks for the explanation~ which I am more than sure you've done many times before. :)

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  • Glen FaisonApril 24, 2012 - 10:22 pm

    @tcc43: The word "idiots" triggered an automatic moderation, as you suspected with this revised version. I'm screening comments now so some will post, and others will come down. Your use of the word would have cleared moderation. Since you've made your point here, I will not clear the post. Anyone following the thread will see that the original comment was held for review.

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  • tcc43April 25, 2012 - 10:34 am

    We are seeing the rising tide of anger on the part of so many of us who feel their city has become a crime-ridden, dangerous place to live. There is almost a sense of panic running through this community, and with good reason. The DR website may not be the correct venue for vigorously expressing this angst, but it is conveniently available. The sense of urgency in our voices which sometimes triggers "moderation" may be unfortunate, but it is real. Sometimes the truth isn't pretty. This community certainly is not.

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  • SavetheRepublicApril 25, 2012 - 10:41 am

    When Pigs Move In: How To Sweep Clean the Demonic Influences Impacting Your Life and the Lives of Others by Don Dickerman and Frank Hammond (Feb 6, 2009)

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  • VacaRezApril 25, 2012 - 10:42 am

    I agree, @tcc43, I think you nailed it. I think our communities throughout the country are feeling this sense of panic. I personally am glad that the DR doesn't force us to use Facebook, because I don't think many of us (myself included) would be able to be as honest about our fears if we had to put our names and faces to it. Pride coupled with fear is very powerful. You are so right - maybe many don't express it politicaly correct, or with accurate grammar and spelling, but it doesn't make any less real. And I wouldn't trade places with either the officer who has had to deal with 2 shootings so far this year, or either of those he had a run in with - their daily trials, no matter how criminal, are still driven by something we may never be able to understand since we are not in their shoes.

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  • Gary KatocsApril 26, 2012 - 9:58 pm

    Strapping on a weapon and going to work every morning or evening and knowing there's a real chance you won't be coming home.I've got to give these men and women respect and every benefit of the doubt when conflicts happening in the course of their performing their duties come up.

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  • Glen FaisonApril 25, 2012 - 12:58 pm

    @tcc: I agree -- the truth isn't always pretty. The same can be said for free speech. Our hope is to provide a space where people can discuss the issues of the day in a civil manner. Our terms of use are set up to help facilitate that goal. We try to err on the side of free expression, but also strive to make sure that people can feel safe commenting here. We have some automatic moderation tools in place to help us, and add our human eyes and brains throughout the course of the day. It's an imperfect system, but we work to make the best of it.

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  • test testerApril 26, 2012 - 12:44 am

    test

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  • tcc43April 25, 2012 - 1:10 pm

    Yes, Glen. The goal is civil discussion here. I merely took umbrage at the fact my pointing out that there are many "cluless idiots" running our streets triggered moderation. Hardly seems to threaten the boundaries of civil discourse, IMHO. I understand the difficulties of your moderating system. Like life, sometimes it just ain't fair.

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  • Christine in FFApril 24, 2012 - 10:31 pm

    See!! I knew you could do it. Very clean I might add. Pretty sure I know the words you changed. ;) Although I don’t know how Mike got through with ahole? Glad he did though! *snicker*

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  • Gary KatocsApril 26, 2012 - 2:42 am

    It's his middle name..totally allowed

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  • Can't Fix Stupid...EVERApril 24, 2012 - 10:50 pm

    Yep, let's see. How many murders since the beginning of 2012? How many recent felonies with both crimes against persons and property? Fairfield used to be called the new Vallejo, now its called the new Richmond. Gee, I wonder why? Most importantly, we simply do not have sufficient resources to police a community like Fairfield with the amount of thugs, gangsters and idiots. With recent budget woes, our City Council and City Manager will hopefully be steadfast in their commitment to supporting public safety and continuing to make it the number one priority. Without adequate policing and policing strategies, nothing else would matter. We cannot attract businesses or any other worthy institutions into a community riddled with a high crime rate or weakened police department. A primary responsibility of government is to secure the citizenry. We have good people on our Council who are intelligent and our City Manager is a long-time dedicated public servant who did an amazing job with economic development over the years. I have confidence they will sustain public safety as their number one priority. There is no other choice unless we want to let the thugs and idiots run the show. After all, look how well they have done so far! Just sayin....

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  • Gary KatocsApril 27, 2012 - 5:44 am

    "I" word ..made it thru congrats...twice at least in one post!!..I'm impressed..

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  • Gary KatocsApril 27, 2012 - 10:26 am

    Can't fix T-shirt either

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  • Gary KatocsApril 28, 2012 - 11:02 am

    Quit asking TC..these people are deaf..they have no sense of individual pride..or of any type of individuality at all..they've totally given themselves over to the concept of government cradle to death..we are now an officially bankrupt nation..our debt exceeds our total GDP..whose watch was THIS on?

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  • Really??April 24, 2012 - 7:33 pm

    Really, trigger happy? If you try to drive over anyone with a gun or take a weapon away from a police officer you should expect to be shot. This officer was not just protecting himself but our community. Those who would do this to armed police officers would have no problem hurting me or my family that don't carry guns. He should be debriefed and his story shared with the rest of the force. I feel bad for each of these NON thinking individuals.

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  • Officers point of view?April 24, 2012 - 8:02 pm

    The fact that the same cop was involve in two shootings in one year should raise an eye brow. Not saying anything about this incident or this officer, but if you think that some cops don't cover up, act too aggressive, act inappropriately, over react or just plain lie you are very naive. Just goggle two words, "cop lies". Over 45,000,000 hits.

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  • General Fadi BasemApril 25, 2012 - 1:34 am

    I just googled "stupid comment", got 814,000,000 results. That's over 18 times more frequent than "cop lies".

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  • trigger happy copApril 24, 2012 - 7:46 pm

    I guess that's all a cop has to say to justify shooting someone...He grabbed for my baton, he swerved his car towards me, he refused to follow commands, It really comes down to My word against YOURS and since Cops got the gun and a BADGE...that makes them holyier than thou!

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  • Christine in FFApril 24, 2012 - 8:07 pm

    The justification usually comes from the witnesses that were there also~ or cameras that are EVERYWHERE! Smart one!

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  • Gary KatocsApril 27, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    Glad to see you're finally coming around..

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  • TimApril 24, 2012 - 7:55 pm

    The man grabbed the baton, the cop should have grabbed it back. Don't cops have training in this situation? The cop killing the 51 year old man was not the answer and/or the way to handle the situation. If the cop had to shoot the man, why was he not shot in the hand to release the baton, why the chest which everone knows will result in death? FF is not doing so well financially, I wonder what this is going to cost the City of Fairfield.

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  • marrick8791April 24, 2012 - 7:59 pm

    You can not possibly be this stupid. It is impossible.

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  • Christine in FFApril 24, 2012 - 8:04 pm

    LOL~ The longer I'm alive~ the more stupid I see. It's scary knowing there are people that have absolutely no freakin common sense.

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  • Christine in FFApril 24, 2012 - 8:02 pm

    I'm so glad that you know exactly how you would respond if you were in that position. As quick as that situation can turn on you~ I'm so thankful that you would just 'grab it back', or 'shoot him in the hand' in that escalating situation.

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  • DJKApril 25, 2012 - 8:32 am

    maybe his military training? Cops are taught to put a suspect down and eliminate the dangerous situation. Shooting the hand will not necessarily make the perp drop the baton. The perp can still pose a danger to the police or bystanders. and...I would assume the perp was not all with it mentally to have had numerous run ins with law enforcement previously.

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  • MikeApril 25, 2012 - 1:31 pm

    Shoot him in the hand? Really? Tim obviously has no training or experience with firearms. Nor does he understand police use of force policies and procedures.

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  • Gary KatocsApril 27, 2012 - 4:35 pm

    In an ideal world about 80 cents for the two bullets.

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  • trigger happy copApril 24, 2012 - 8:05 pm

    that's why I'm mad as heck, these cops are trained in so many different ways to neutralize a suspect it's not even funny. cops get trained on this constantly on how to take a stick/baton wielding suspect down without using lethal force. this story absolutely make me sick

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  • Olivia PonceApril 25, 2012 - 9:24 am

    Gotta be honest here...you're stupidity makes me sick!!!...just saying....

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  • annonApril 24, 2012 - 8:05 pm

    It's funny to read these threads and see how easy people make assumptions when they were not even there. How about holding your horses until everything is said and done. You make these asuptions on what you read here. And for the ones who said Ponce said racial slurs. I'm not buying it.

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  • Musical OneApril 24, 2012 - 10:44 pm

    I agree, annon. Way too early for the public to decide they are condemning either party until a thorough investigation is conducted. Being a cop is a tough job.Carrying a gun and being charged with the responsibility of knowing when it must be used is more responsibility than I think most of us would like to bear. But, it's the responsibility police officers take on when they decide on this career path. Time will tell if lethal force was necessary in this situation or not. Either way, prayers to those who knew and loved Mr. McMullan. The readers here only know of Mr. McMullan from what they read in this article, but his family knows and loves the whole persona of Mr. McMullan. The family left behind is something we all should always keep in mind when tragedy such as this occurs, regardless of fault.

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  • richbixApril 25, 2012 - 4:06 pm

    Assumptions abound. It appears this man may have been a predator. Perhaps this is why the gentleman was immediately aggressive. I'm sure the physical incident may have been somewhat brief, however, Mr. Ponce is charged with keeping safe the community to which the gentleman was sure to go if he successfully overpowered the policeman. The officer was confronted with a violent man and used acceptable force, I believe. I'm comforted knowing the officer suffered no physical injuries.

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  • I heard a different storyApril 25, 2012 - 4:40 pm

    I heard the resident was just trying to shield the baton blows with his hand and just grabbed the baton from hitting him again..at that point i guess the officer decided that he wasn't making any progress with the baton so he dropped his clip into the guy

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  • Christine in FFApril 25, 2012 - 4:53 pm

    You HEARD? Seriously? Probably from one of the anti-police 'citizens' that would say anything so that it would look like Ponce was unjustifiable in his action taken. I've seen where all the officers in a police dept wore mini cameras attached to themselves somewhere so no false accusations could be made. I wish every dept would take this idea and use it. It would explain alot and silence all the cop hating 'citizens'.

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  • I heard a different storyApril 25, 2012 - 5:20 pm

    Christine can I have your views on these 2 law enforcement officers! Please google the names of CHP Officer Ruben Salgado and Sac Sheriff Officer Chu Vue. These 2 are only the tip of the iceberg. I think the folks expressing their opinion about cops on here probably have watched the same news stories I have....it's your choice to think there ISN'T a large majority of corrupt cops and by all means that's your choice to live in that fantasy. Being clueless isn't a crime!

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  • Christine in FFApril 25, 2012 - 5:58 pm

    I do obtain common sense~ I'm not saying there aren't any bad/corrupt officers out there that do abuse their authority. It's very sad that thousands of officers serve and protect our communities on a daily basis and there are a few bad apples that give people the reasoning to include every officer in that category. That would be stereotyping or prejudice or discrimination or racist or profiling or whatever the heck you want to call it~ you're right though~ being clueless isn't a crime. One more thing~ if you are not out there breaking laws, being a menace to society and you are just being a regular everyday working citizen, you should not be having any contact with officers that are corrupt or not. Just sayin!

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  • I heard a different storyApril 25, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    Your right Christine..And that's why my views are even more profound. I've never had any run in's or encounters with law enforcement and I feel this way. I have too many people that I know that are professionally employed and they have these views also. I guess it's more to do with the breakdown of our society than anything else..

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  • DRApril 24, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    The DR obviously has an agenda by allowing open comments with no Facebook account required.

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  • Christine in FFApril 24, 2012 - 8:36 pm

    Why~ because that's how the Reporter does it?? Gimme a break!

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  • FairfielderApril 25, 2012 - 9:59 am

    Yeah, the agenda is that the DR does not force readers to have Facebook accounts to comment. Thank you, DR! I'll never understand why it is so hard for Facebook lovers to understand that some people want nothing to do with Facebook.

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  • SavetheRepublicApril 25, 2012 - 10:02 am

    Agree I personally highly dislike facebook.

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  • Gary KatocsApril 28, 2012 - 10:56 am

    One thing we're simpatico on?..Scarey!

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  • thebigcheese707April 24, 2012 - 8:35 pm

    Why does the paper have to reveal Robert's criminal record during this explanation??? Robert is dead! and the Cop get's to drive around and but a bullet in another citizen

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  • Christine in FFApril 24, 2012 - 8:41 pm

    Oh Gawd~ Could his criminal record have something to do with this incident? Yep! If he wasn't a criminal~ they probably wouldn't have even been there in the first place. Please use the dang spell check that is included with your subscription.

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  • Just the facts maamApril 26, 2012 - 9:13 pm

    Because maybe his criminal record shows his violent past, to include assaults on police officers?

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  • 2whom this may concernApril 24, 2012 - 9:02 pm

    Dumb cops

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  • TonyApril 24, 2012 - 9:05 pm

    I have had the pleasure of working with Officer Ponce and having him work for me during my years at the Fairifeld Police Department before I retired. Officer Ponce is an honorable man. Officer Ponce is a dedicated officer with decades of experience. Anyone who attempts to discredit this man and questions his motives when he was placed in a position of having to defend his life, is just, well ignorant. Even Timmy can figure this one out with ease.

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  • Eugene borghelloApril 24, 2012 - 10:16 pm

    Anyone with information regarding Officer Ponce please call Eugene borghello at Special Investigations Group in Fairfield. 707-421-0388

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  • noseygalApril 25, 2012 - 11:07 am

    Eugene Borghello is a PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR. He gets paid big money to assist defense attorneys defend their clients. Just so the facts are out there. Google him......

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  • Christine in FFApril 25, 2012 - 11:16 am

    Hmm~ knew it looked fishy to see him on here. He wants all the 'citizens' (if I used the word I wanted to, it wouldn't post) that are calling Ponce a racist bully, to please step forward. Ha~ good luck with that.

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  • noseygalApril 25, 2012 - 4:03 pm

    On further concideration, maybe we should flood Mr. Borghello's phone with calls about Officer Ponce. Tell Mr. Borghello what a wonderful man Officer Ponce is. Tell Mr. Borghello what a great, hard working and dedicated police officer Mr. Ponce is. That would keep Mr. Borghello very busy. (for free) Just a thought.

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  • Can't Fix Stupid...EVERApril 24, 2012 - 10:29 pm

    While name-calling and other disparaging remarks is not the way to communicate or responsibly resolve issues, after reading some of the posted comments, the word "stupid" just resonated loudly. The responses based on plain ignorance and pure emotion are unfortunate. When police officers respond to self-initiated or dispatched calls for service, any situation on any given day at any moment can turn deadly. The majority of people police interact with daily are criminals with significant criminal histories and most should still be incarcerated. Thanks to AB109, our community is at an increased risk of more convicted felons wondering aimlessly around our streets seeking out more crimes of opportunity whether it be crimes against persons or property crimes. To those of you would make comments based on ignorance and emotion, you may want to consider another perspective. If you have zero professional knowledge about the subject you are commenting about, be quiet and/or ask intelligent questions. I shudder to recommend this prospective, but will anyway. Be appreciative that there are still brave men and women who dedicate their lives to a profession of great personal sacrifices in order to safeguard the well-being of our community. In today's society riddled with ignorance, blatantly vulgar behaviors, utter disregard for human life, increasingly violent responses to life by sick individuals, deviant sex crimes against children, domestic violence, and other egregious crimes against humanity, why would anyone in their right mind want to risk their life under these severe circumstances? As a country, we are fortunate to have our military personnel and local law enforcement who work around the clock to care for all of us so that we can sleep at night. Shame on every individual who lacks the common sense to recognize the seriousness of the state of our society and who only aim to support its demise. Here is a final thought. Stop committing crimes, being a suspect in a crime, being involved with deviants, being rude, gross and disrespectful, stop being the house that police constantly get called to, stop being a nuisance to your neighbors and the community at large. All of these individuals are drains on our society by their own choice. Actions equal consequences. I know, imagine that!

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  • Christine in FFApril 24, 2012 - 10:40 pm

    Guess that about sums it up in a nutshell! Thanks and goodnight!

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  • know the factsApril 24, 2012 - 10:29 pm

    This struggle was so violent the door was ripped from the hinges. It was obviously a violent, lethal situation. And the background of the suspect shows his previous asaultive propensity. It is too bad this happened, for all involved.

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  • FredApril 24, 2012 - 10:55 pm

    It also was reported that the officer was beating him with the club & the suspect was reaching out to grab it to stop the beating. Also was reported that the officer towered over the guy.

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  • Geo SApril 25, 2012 - 6:38 am

    All these post prove one thing. We all want protection, but we want it our way! "Good people" don't cause problems and put themselves in a position to be shot by law enforcement. The family and friends will say he was a "good person," no he was not. One less waste of good resources, bye.

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  • disgruntled citizen.April 25, 2012 - 7:29 am

    officer ponce deserves a raise. make him mayor while were at it. this place is has turned into a dump and hes taking out the trash. good for him.

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  • LynetteApril 25, 2012 - 7:31 am

    EVERY SINGLE TIME the police go to a residence FOR ANYTHING, they ask the police dispatcher for priors with people at that address and/or the person they are going to confront. The dispatcher has all that information and gives that to the officer before he or she arrives at the residence. The 51 year old man lived at that residence for a few years. If he was a violent person with convictions, the cop knew about it prior to arrival, because the dispatcher GIVES THE INFORMATION TO THE OFFICER. The police NEVER obtain this information hours after they go to talk to someone who may have broken the law, they receive it PRIOR to speaking with the person or persons.

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  • marrick8791April 25, 2012 - 11:47 am

    @ Lynette, you are incorrect in saying that any time a Police Officer goes to a residence for anything that they info on that residence

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  • MikeApril 25, 2012 - 1:40 pm

    Lynette, You are flat out wrong. Period.

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  • know the factsApril 25, 2012 - 8:07 am

    @Lynette; you are mistaken in your comment about officers running checks on follow-ups. With hundreds of thousands of radio transmissions yearly, there is not enough air time to do this. A simple follow up does not generate this type of request.

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  • SeaBreezeApril 25, 2012 - 7:34 pm

    @Mike .Lynette is not flat out wrong .If the Officer isn't getting that information someone is not doing his or her job.

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  • IT IS FAIRFIELDApril 25, 2012 - 9:01 am

    What else do you expect out of Fairfield. THe police have a right to protect themselves. If the shooting is found to be justified then so be it. Fairfield has become the new Richmond and Vallejo and East Palo Alto of Northern California. Why anyone would invest in Fairfield is beyond me.

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  • rodney king was trying to grab a cop's batonApril 25, 2012 - 3:02 pm

    And as Rodney King was getting his head beat in he kept hearing the magical words...QUIT RESISTING.

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  • annonApril 25, 2012 - 4:32 pm

    Fred could you please share where you obtained your facts that Officer Ponce was being this person and the person was just trying to take the baton away. I don't think any of us came across this information. Could you direct us on where you obtained it other than just your wild imagination. And Lynette you are right and wrong. Often dispatch does provide an officer with information on a call, but this does not happen all the time and did not happen this time. Between the volume of calls coming in and the radio traffic it usually only happens when dispatch dispatches an officer to a residence and this was what is called a self initiative response by the officer and not one dispatched by dispatch. Get it.

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  • FredApril 25, 2012 - 5:28 pm

    @annon; FOX 40 interviewed the Mom & son of the house. The older lady (the Mom) also said she just missed getting hit with the 3rd round. Watch it yourself. And I didn't say it was "fact", just "reported". Is this not so annon? I assume you meant "beating" not "being" as well.

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  • SeaBreezeApril 25, 2012 - 7:03 pm

    @Fred and annon...I saw the same news report. The older woman said she was a witness. She is giving a complete different account of what happened. She said the Officer was doing the beating. I wasn't there. I am just saying I also saw the news.

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  • I heard a different storyApril 25, 2012 - 7:09 pm

    That's what I heard too...the old lady said that the officer was trying to give the victim a "wood shampoo".

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  • FredApril 25, 2012 - 7:55 pm

    So "Wild Imagination" annon? Also, didn't FF just spend Millions of Dollars on Laptops & a system to provide police with this info you chastised Lynette about? Or did I "Get It" wrong?

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  • R.L.May 01, 2012 - 5:38 pm

    You got it wrong. There were no millions involved. Tens of thousands maybe. Quit exaggerating things to prove a point.

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  • annonApril 25, 2012 - 4:34 pm

    sorry baton

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  • annonApril 25, 2012 - 4:47 pm

    Eugene borghello how disgusting. You are like a vulture. Do you also go into hospitals looking for patients to make a buck.

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  • know the factsApril 25, 2012 - 6:00 pm

    @I heard a different story; Whie you are Googling names, look up the following; Art Koch, Fairfield PD, Jose Cisneros, Solano Sheriff, Officer Capoote, Vallejo PD. All were killed in the line of duty by one suspect, trying to protect us. Are there bad cops? Absolutely, just like all professions. Those two officers you mentioned were arrested by other good cops. Officer Ponce was in a fight for his life, and did what he had to do. Just like 99 percent of the other officers do to protect you and every other citizen. And may God bless those officers that made the ultimate sacrifice.

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  • I heard a different storyApril 25, 2012 - 6:27 pm

    @know the facts, I'm just curious why FPD, or for that matter, any law enforcement agency that is investigating one of their own...Why do they always rush to release all the dirt on the shooting victim in a officer related shooting, but the information on the police officer isn't made available? The only reason the other Ponce shooting victim was mentioned was because it was just a month ago. And also my other question is, Don't you think it would be in the publics best interest to review the Personnel and Medical record files of a Officer involved in a shooting. If a cop is taking antidepressents, anxiety or other medications don't you think that's relevent in his fitness to perform his duties. I would think it's a matter that should be handled outside of the agency he's employed with. Is the Solano District attorney going to check Officer Ponce's medical records to see if he's taking a classified narcotic?

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  • Is This Real?April 25, 2012 - 9:57 pm

    Investigations are not conducted on hearsay so it might be of value for others not to believe hearsay as fact. Investigations such as this are conducted under strict protocols that involve other agencies as well. Freshman in a college Communications program learn how to discern what they hear in the news and from others to distinguish fact from fiction and, most importantly, to learn how to think critically. Having said that, if one is familiar with the California Public Records Act, the California Penal Code, Pitchess, Peace Officer's Bill of Rights, Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Protocols (Solano County), then you might appreciate why the inflammatory comments and the seriously misguided assumptions and questions you posed are not even close to being accurate. There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking questions, but there is something wrong with infusing innuendo based on lack of knowledge into a discussion. By the way, using the term "shooting victim" should be reserved for real victims who are lost to senseless acts of violence. You know, like civilian victims and police officers killed in the line of duty protecting us. Try this, because you have "heard" stuff and believe what you hear from whoever, next time you need help, don't call Fairfield PD. Instead, handle the matter yourself so that our officers can spend time helping people in our community who really need and appreciate their presence.

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  • Don't let Fairfield cops into your house!April 26, 2012 - 2:48 pm

    My recommendation to City residents is don't unlock your door to any Fairfield police officers..You have this right unless they have a search warrant or an arrest warrant..I have yet to hear any evidence that this Unarmed resident was in fact taking pictures of underage girls. So far all we know are these facts: 1. Mr. McMullan was ACCUSED of taking pictures of underage girls. 2. Then while in his home, Mr McMullan defended himself from a police officer wielding a Baton. 3. Then while defending himself from what was happening...Mr McMullan was then shot by a Fairfield police officer in his Own Home. In my opinion, the district attoney BETTER get to the bottom of what happen Monday night! If it's proven that there is no evidence of underage girls being photographed by this subject..in my opinion, Fairfield Police Officer Adam Ponce should be held Criminally responsible for the death of Robert J. McMullan!

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  • RichApril 26, 2012 - 4:28 pm

    Well Sir/Ms, your first assertion is incorrect. There are times when the police are indeed allowed to enter your home without a search/ arrest warrant. This was not necessarily one of those times but unfortunately a terrible incident did occur. Your fact #2 is not addressed affirmatively in the police response - thus, it is not a "fact" but an accusation. Finally, your support of criminal charges against the Officer Ponce should there be no proof of the alleged photography is obtuse. If you were friends with the deceased you have my condolence.

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  • Don't let Fairfield cops into your house!April 26, 2012 - 5:10 pm

    My previous comments stand... If there's no evidence of the victim, Mr. McMullen, taking pictures of this young child.... then a Fairfield police officer shot and killed a innocent man inside his home. Unless I hear that there is such evidence...I'll be calling the ACLU by the end of the week!

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  • Question?April 26, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    Is there a difference in someone being an Investigative Lead & being a Suspect?

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  • Don't let Fairfield cops into your house!April 26, 2012 - 7:06 pm

    Mr. McCullen had his 4th amendment rights violated by this Officer and the Fairfield Police Dept. It's also my opinion that during that violation of the 4th amendment, Mr. McCullen was illegally killed by this officer. As far as I'm concerned..this matter needs to go to the ACLU. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

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  • RichApril 26, 2012 - 7:51 pm

    ACLU of Northern California 39 Drumm Street San Francisco, California 94111 Phone: 415-621-2493 Fax: 415-255-1478 TTY: 415-863-7832 http://www.aclunc.org

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  • Don't let Fairfield cops into your house!April 26, 2012 - 7:58 pm

    Thanks..but i already had that information

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  • LWApril 25, 2012 - 7:00 pm

    So Ðümß姧 is a filtered word?

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  • Glen FaisonApril 26, 2012 - 12:14 am

    @LW: Really?

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  • Gary KatocsApril 28, 2012 - 11:46 am

    How did you write that?

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  • FixFairfield.OrgApril 25, 2012 - 9:50 pm

    Keep the peace.

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  • sundanceApril 26, 2012 - 1:13 am

    CRIMINALS WATCH OUT THERE'S A NEW DIRTY HARRY IN TOWN .... YOU CALLED DOWN THE THUNDER,,,NOW YOU GOT IT....MAKE MY DAY...DO YOU FEEL LUCKY PUNK....WELCOME TO THE NEW FAIRFIELD... ONE COP...ONE TOWN...THE BUCK STOPS HERE....

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  • Gary KatocsApril 26, 2012 - 2:51 am

    One clown

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  • jagApril 26, 2012 - 6:43 am

    Did the officer say (please may I have my baton back)... LOL,, OMG this is crazy

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  • Gary KatocsApril 27, 2012 - 6:09 am

    Seems reasonable our soon to be ex-obungle asked for our drone back...where did this jamook think the thing landed..Canada?

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  • Gary KatocsApril 27, 2012 - 5:52 am

    @Gemma..Law Enforcement Officer...let that sink in..a cop is NOT a trier of law nor a trier of fact...he enforces the settled LAW...let that sink in further..You have to have a death wish to assault a police officer..This man whatever his trangressions against society got his wish..it's not ridiculous..you should be happy for him..and take this as a life lesson..a teaching moment...you're welcome.

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  • Gary KatocsApril 27, 2012 - 6:00 am

    @Glen Faison..obviously I'd ee it DOES NOT trigger automatic moderation.even spelled right..I see it in a post on this feed twice..I'm not complaining..just hoping for an easement of this draconian though obviously ineffective censorship.

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  • know the factsApril 27, 2012 - 7:02 am

    I am always still amazed at how naive some people still are. They have absolutely no idea what happened, but immediately blame the officer. From some puffed up citizen demanding an ACLU investigation, to others that think he should have tazed, kicked, martial arted his way out of it, and have no idea what police are trained to do, or the best one yet, shoot his hand....whow. All of these words of thought from people who have never been in combat, or any physical confrontation in their lives. And to defend the suspect is absolutely mind boggeling. Here is what happened; the suspect is contacted because a parent, upset that a pervert is takng pictures of her, points out the vehicle to pollce. The officer is conducting a routine follow up, and knocks on the door. The Suspect...bi polar, extensive criminal history for felony assault on police, misdemeanor assault, terroristic threats, drugs, alcohol, etc, answers the door, and immediately attacks the officer. Thes suspect created the situatuon, the officer ended it. This suspect had a choice, he choose the wrong option. The neighborhood is safer now that he is gone. How he left it was up to him.

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  • RBApril 27, 2012 - 7:58 am

    I agree, good riddance. Next.

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  • Gary KatocsApril 27, 2012 - 9:45 am

    I agree..and very well written..the suspect all but asked for it..REST IN POLICE.

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  • Don't let Fairfield cops into your house!April 27, 2012 - 2:32 pm

    So let me ask a quick question? Do Cops lie? 1. When a cop says to a suspect.."I have witnesses that say you were taking pictures of a young girl"... even though the suspect wasn't. Did the Cop Lie? 2. When a cops says to a suspect..."Look your friends have already told me you were involved in this crime".. Even though the suspect wasn't involve! Did the Cop lie? Don't say cops don't try this tactic..because they do! So let me ask you..did this Cop try this typical police officer method of coercion on Mr. McCullan and did it cause things to escalate to the point were the Cop started to baton the information out of him.? Then when the Mr. McCullan started to defend the baton blows..He was ultimately shot and killed! That seems to be a pretty realistic scenario?

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  • marrick8791April 28, 2012 - 3:50 am

    If you think that is a pretty realistic scenario you are pretty stupid.

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  • shaneApril 28, 2012 - 10:42 am

    moron

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  • Don't let Fairfield cops into your house!April 28, 2012 - 11:24 am

    Resorting to calling city residents names is the only defense you have? How weak! Actually that not surprising, That's really a typical response when the Baton of truth is beating you down! The fact is cops use this form of coercion and deceit all the time.. I'm just saying it's very possible that this Officer tried this tactic on Mr. McCullan and it caused things to escalate.. Witnesses on scene said the cop and the victim were having a heated conversation, and then the elderly lady in the house was interveiwed by channel 40 news, She said the cop was hitting the victim with the baton and he was trying to defend himself from the blows. In my opinion, it's more than likely, that once Mr. McCullan realized this cop wasn't going to stop hitting him he tried to grab the baton.. This is the truth, Deal with it! This cop most likely went in there without backup and shot a unarmed resident in his own home.

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  • Mr. PracticalApril 28, 2012 - 11:56 am

    The police are welcome in my house anytime. Thank you for all you do.

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  • marrick8791April 28, 2012 - 2:48 pm

    Well, if the Officer was hitting the suspect with his baton that will be documented by the injuries he received during his autopsy. However, since your version of the story is incorrect I doubt those injuries will be there. Your version of what happened is so of base that it is not even funny. What really happened will come out in time and you sir are going to feel stupid.

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  • Gary KatocsApril 27, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    Really?..Really!!..When all these cop bashers are done..and when all is said and done..who ya gonna call.?..Jamu in the rusty Nova?

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  • shaneApril 28, 2012 - 9:51 am

    As an LAPD, and former godawul Fairfield resident, I am glad to see this officer is ok. Shame on some of the comments here, (though no shocker). Shame on McMullan's pastor, who made him out to be a victim. Thank God the story didnt go the other way; a dead police officer, a raped and murdered girl, buried in a field by a violent pedophile, and then the "oh gee golly, I just cant believe he did that, he was such a nice man". A Vet? So what? Also, the countless and murderess incidences involving Vets. Have a nice day folks.

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  • Did Mr. McCullan actually take the pictures?April 29, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    If there's no evidence that this Victim actually took the pictures he was ACCUSED of taking...then a Fairfield Police Officer shot and Killed an UNARMED City resident in his own home. Solano District Attorney....did he take the pictures or not? If not, then Fairfield Police Officer Adam Ponce should be held criminally responsible for the death of Mr. McCullan. This cop just shot a 62 year old elderly female in our City within the last 2 months and now he's shooting unarmed residents in their own home.

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  • Me smells a PI who failed as a copApril 30, 2012 - 7:33 pm

    Folks, Eugene Borghello is a PI because he didnt make it as a cop many years ago. Now he makes his living trying to attack something could never attain! Don't buy into his game of smoking mirrors. Oh heah EUGENE, i have info about Ponce....... he has more integrity, loyalty,73 respect, honor, and faith in his little pinkie than u do in your whole body. Good luck with ur case! Wanna be!

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  • Mr. PracticalApril 30, 2012 - 7:40 pm

    Smoking mirrors? That's priceless!

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  • Christine in FFApril 30, 2012 - 7:44 pm

    Your elderly female tried to run him over. She's dang lucky she's still around to tell people how she made an ign0rant choice and had to suffer the consequences.

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  • Gary KatocsApril 30, 2012 - 3:35 pm

    Can wait to visit.

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AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Jury rules for Indiana woman in firing over IVF

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Texas eatery worker gets mink coat from customer

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Sugarland, promoter settle with state fair victims

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
NY police officer suspended after videotaped punch

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Supreme Court won’t stop gay marriages in Florida

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Lava could reach Hawaii shopping center in 8 days

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Pakistan executes militants and bombards tribal areas

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Franciscan religious order in ‘grave’ financial crisis

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

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Opinion

Yes, Virginia, the Santa wish list has gone digital

By Petula Dvorak | From Page: A8

 
Editorial Cartoon: Dec. 20, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
If you want to help the poor, fix the safety net

By Jim Tankersley | From Page: A8

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Living

Community Calendar: Dec. 20, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: Dec. 20, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Horoscopes: Dec. 20, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B11

Children from wife’s first marriage put father’s ashes in coffin

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B11

 
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Entertainment

More than 4 million people watched 1st dog telethon

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Kim Jong Un game spoof ‘Glorious Leader!’ moving forward

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7 | Gallery

Marathon bombing survivor in ‘Yes to Dress’ finale

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Kid Rock to perform pre-race concert at Daytona 500

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Actor Stephen Collins denies he’s a pedophile in interview

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
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Sports

Dodge, Vaca grad Mason lead Southern Oregon to NAIA title

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Raiders haven’t needed much from Janikowski

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
AP sources: Peavy agrees on $24M, 2-year deal with Giants

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Howe’s family reports rapid improvement

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

2 Armstrong associates settle lawsuit with Landis

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Rays, Padres, Nats complete 11-player trade involving Myers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Vanden girls open Nike TOC with win on Arizona

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
Things to know about Friday’s baseball news

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Rookie receivers making their mark in NFL

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Former boxing champ Ernie Terrell dies at 75

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Gold medalist Phelps pleads guilty to DUI, avoids jail time

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Dodgers end Yanks’ payroll streak, owe most tax

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

CIF football bowl games headed to Sacramento

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B3

 
Cal men beat Eastern Washington 78-67 for seventh straight win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

This date in sports history for Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
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Business

California unemployment rate dips to 7.2 percent

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Chrysler gives in to gov’t, expands air bag recall

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

T-Mobile paying at least $90M for unwanted services

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Sales for holiday shopping season comes down to the wire

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

 
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Obituaries

Marian Kay Zutz

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Judy Zamora Rogers

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Dominic C. Scolaro

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
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Comics

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

 
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Home Seller 12/20/14

Real estate transactions for Dec. 20, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR2

Ask a Designer: decorating with Christmas trees

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR2