Police foil ‘suicide by cop’


A 20-year-old Windsor man who was attempting to commit “suicide by cop” was foiled after his father informed the Sheriff’s Office that his son didn’t have a gun.

On Monday, Nov. 4, at about 8:45 p.m., the father contacted the Starbucks in Maxwell Village and warned them that his mentally ill, intoxicated son was on his way to the store with the intent of committing “suicide by cop.”

As the Sonoma police showed up in front of the store, the man faded into an alley. But a deputy confronted the man who stuck his hand in his jacket and said, “I’ve got a gun and I’m going to shoot you.” The deputy already knew the man didn’t have a gun and tried to arrest him.

The would-be gunman took off running toward Rite-Aid where he was Tased and tackled by deputies.

After he was in the patrol car, the man squirmed around and got his handcuffs in front of his chest. For his efforts, the 20-year-old was then placed in maximum restraints for his ride to jail.

Nolan Murphy, 20, of Windsor, was charged with felony threatening an officer, resisting arrest and a probation violation.

In other recent calls to the Valley law enforcement:

Friday, Oct. 18:

9:30 p.m. – Just walking down the street, with meth. While on patrol in the area around Baxter Avenue and Riverside Drive, Sheriff’s deputies noticed a known probationer – with search and seizure terms – walking down the street. During a search, the deputies found a glass pipe, and in the man’s wallet they discovered a white, crystalline substance that turned out to be .21 grams of methamphetamine. Javier Moreno, 21, of the Springs, was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and a probation violation.

Saturday, Oct. 26:

4 p.m. – Just pedaling down the street, with meth. While on routine patrol in the area around Grove Street and Riverside Drive, a deputy noticed a bicyclist who failed to stop at a stop sign. After pulling him over, the deputy discovered the bicyclist was on searchable probation and the ensuing search turned up a glass pipe and .24 grams of methamphetamine. Lawrence Wolfenden, 52, of the Springs, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and a probation violation, and received a ride to county jail.

Sunday, Oct. 27:

6:30 p.m. – Wild in the street. A deputy was sent to a convenience store in the 18000 block of Railroad Avenue on the report of a disturbance. When the deputy arrived, he found a highly intoxicated 60-year-old man in the middle of the street. The deputy decided the man, a frequent flier, was too intoxicated to care for himself and arrested the man on charges of public intoxication.

Wednesday, Oct. 30:

1:58 a.m. – Domestic assault on meth? Deputies were sent to a residence in the 300 block of Curva Way after receiving the report of a domestic disturbance. The victim told deputies that earlier the suspect, a 24-year-old Springs resident, had pushed and shoved and continued to assault her. She told the deputies that she believed the suspect was also using methamphetamine. The 24-year-old male was arrested on charges of felony domestic violence.

Sunday, Nov. 3:

4:34 p.m. – Fraudulent sale nets expensive shoes. An employee of Footcandy Shoes in the 400 block of First Street East, reported that someone had fraudulently ordered three pairs of shoes valued at more than $1,900. On Oct. 16, the store received an order online for the shoes in question from a person purporting to be a Laura Williams of Buffalo, N.Y., who paid with a credit card. The shoes were shipped overnight delivery to an address in Buffalo. But the credit card company declined the charge as the card belonged to a woman in Hinsdale, Ill., who denied ordering the shoes. The address in Buffalo, N.Y. was actually a UPS Store.

Thursday, Nov. 6:

7:41 p.m. – Suspected DUI driver blows .29. The police department received a report of a DUI driver in the vicinity of Broadway and Andrieux. After running a stop sign on Second Street West, officers pulled the driver over. The 30-year-old Sonoma woman reportedly failed her preliminary alcohol screening test with a .233. At the police station, two more tests were administered and the woman blew a .29 and a .27. She was arrested for driving under the influence and went to county jail.

8:16 p.m. – DUI suspect resists. While on patrol in the vicinity of Verano Avenue and Main Street, an officer noticed a vehicle without headlightsswerve across the white line on more than one occasion. When the officer pulled the motorist over near Linden Street, despite the odor of alcohol, the man claimed he had nothing to drink and claimed, “I’m good.” The 69-year-old Florida resident failed his field sobriety tests and blew a .125 on a preliminary alcohol screening. But he kept insisting he wasn’t drunk. When the officer tried to handcuff him, the man pulled away and a struggle ensued. After the officer brought the man to the ground and cuffed him, he was taken to the police department where he registered a .12 on the Breathalizer. The Myakka, Fla., resident was charged with DUI and resisting arrest and booked into county jail.

  • Dee Test

    Are we supposed to be impressed with the abuse of the mentally ill man by the Sonoma police? Get real….they did not need to tase him. They did not need to treat him with such brutality. The man has clear mental illness and should have been treated with more compassion. This is just another example of why law enforcement training needs to be reformed so that better restraint of officers, and better understanding of human behavior can be incorporated into their interaction with the public.

    • lifeislife789

      Were you there and did you see what happened.

      • Dee Test

        Read the description of what occurred. People with disordered thinking do not need to be treated with brutality. It takes finesse, and it takes proper training of law enforcement personnel. Its a matter of priorities in a civilized society.

    • Realist

      No. You are supposed to be impressed that this town is represented by professional and pragmatic officers who, daily, protect your Constitutional right to be ignorant about the world and how it works.