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* Sonoma Sheriff’s Deputies Are Shot At By Michael Houle, 20, and Dalton Floyd, 18 But Are Not Charged

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Two Windsor men face a trial in connection with a shooting involving Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies in Windsor in June. Michael Houle, 20, and Dalton Floyd, 18, were both charged with attempted murder after the June 6 incident. After a preliminary hearing this month, Judge Lawrence Antolini did not hold Floyd or Houle to answer to the attempted murder charges,Deputy District Attorney Brian Staebell said. They were, however, held to answer to other weapons charges.The district attorney’s office then filed four charges of assault with a firearm on a person and one charge of possession of a dangerous weapon against Floyd, Staebell said. Floyd pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday.The district attorney’s office also filed five attempted murder charges, four assault with a semi-automatic weapon charges and one charge of possession of a dangerous weapon against Houle, Staebell said. Houle also pleaded not guilty Thursday.Staebell said Floyd discharged a sawed-off shotgun but the defense claimed it happened while Floyd was fleeing the scene and wiping his fingerprints from the gun.”I can’t say that’s what happened and I can’t say beyond a reasonable doubt he was firing against the officers,” Staebell said.Evidence during the preliminary hearing showed Houle was firing at the officers, Staebell said.The defendants’ attorneys are asking the charges be dismissed. A hearing date on that request will be set May 20 and a trial date is scheduled for June 26. Both men remain in the Sonoma County jail.Houle and Floyd are charged with shooting at the deputies in the area of Countrywide Drive in Windsor after deputies responded to reports about a man with a gun in the area around 1 a.m. June 6. A sheriff’s SWAT team responded and both men were arrested. No one was injured in the incident.

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