Skip to comments.Sonoma County D.A.: No criminal charges for sheriff's deputy in Andy Lopez shooting (Santa Rosa, CA)
Posted on 07/07/2014 2:49:32 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert
The Sonoma County District Attorney's Office announced Monday that it will not file criminal charges against a sheriff's deputy who shot and killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez.
District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in a statement that investigators concluded Deputy Erick Gelhaus fired his weapon in response to what he honestly and reasonably believed was an imminent threat of death to himself or others.
As such, he was lawfully acting in defense of himself or others, and no basis for seeking criminal charges exists, Ravitch said in the statement.
The finding was revealed in an email announcing a 2 p.m. press conference at which Ravitch intended to explain her findings. Moments after the email was sent, staff with the District Attorney's Office sent another email recalling the prior announcement, indicating they had not intended to report the result of the investigation until the press conference.
For five months, District Attorney investigators have been looking into whether Gelhaus broke the law when he shot Lopez seven times during an Oct. 22 encounter in southwest Santa Rosa.
If it's true we get the government we deserve, then we are f****** toast.
I feel so bad for the boy’s family. I’m surprised he didn’t kill him within 4 seconds. There was no choice or chance for the boy.
No one saw this coming...
Agreed. At the very least, the deputy should not be walking the streets as a LEO any longer.
At the very least, the deputy should not be walking the streets as a LEO any longer.
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Other locals reported that Gelhaus pulled a weapon or threatened them in what seemed like non-confrontational circumstances, such as a routine traffic stop. I think he was looking to be a hero. If I were him, I’d be trying to move away. There’s a lot of ill feeling here about this. At any rate, the family has a lawyer and plans to sue in civil court. I hope they take everything Gelhaus owns, and bankrupt the sheriff’s department.
Somehow the 'Right to bear arms shall not be infringed' does not apply if Mr. Policeman doesn't like the look of your jig...
” I felt threatened.” Those words spoken after an event absolutely justify any law enforcement agent on or off duty for whatever use of his weapons or his fists he makes. If he says that phrase he is praised for following department procedures and given an extra paid vacation as his first reward. Further awards are given in a series determined by the intensity of negative public reaction- the more intense the higher and more numerous the awards. Check it out.
He shot the kid 7 times????When is that not excessive force?
Probably that’s the way the cop was trained,keep shooting until your target is no longer moving.Good rule if you’re in Afganistan,pretty bad here at home.
Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder could have seen it coming. And Helen Keller could have heard it coming.
As former military, Leo and Corrections I say bullshit. Anytime you shoot a 13 year old 7 times, you made a mistake. PERIOD. You have no fire control ability and have no business carrying a gun in public.
I hope protesters descend on that city and shut it down —