A known gang member died after being shot by Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies and a California Highway Patrol officer Friday night during a standoff related to the violation of a restraining order, according to the sheriff’s office. At 10 p.m., a sheriff’s office dispatcher fielded an emergency call from a victim who lives in the 4000 block of Hargrave Avenue in an unincorporated area of Santa Rosa. The victim told the dispatcher that the suspect was outside his home and was violating a domestic violence temporary restraining order, according to the sheriff’s office. The suspect had allegedly also violated the same restraining order on Thursday. Deputies arrived on the scene and found the suspect in his vehicle. According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect was uncooperative after deputies instructed him to exit his vehicle and was allegedly verbally confrontational. Additional deputies and a CHP officer subsequently arrived to assist in the arrest. After approximately one half hour of negotiating with the suspect, the officer and the deputies attempted to subdue the suspect with “less-lethal” means that proved ineffective, according to the sheriff’s office. The suspect then allegedly accelerated his vehicle forward, striking a sheriff’s patrol car. At that point, deputies and the CHP officer discharged their firearms, striking the suspect who was still driving down the road, according to the sheriff’s office. After the suspect’s vehicle came to a rest a short distance down the road, deputies were able to remove the suspect and allow medical personnel to tend to his wounds. Although the suspect was transported from the scene by an ambulance, he later died. The names of the suspect and the involved law enforcement officers have not yet been released. The Santa Rosa Police Department and Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office responded to the scene and have assumed an investigative role. Questions regarding the shooting should be directed to Lt. Paul Henry of the Santa Rosa Police Department at (707) 543-3668.
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