36-year-old David Pelaez Chavez of Lower Lake was shot and killed by a deputy after officers said they repeatedly asked him to drop a claw hammer and a tiller and threatened to throw a rock.
At 8:20 a.m., the call center again received a report of a suspicious situation at a residence in the 5200 block of Tre Monte Lane in Healdsburg. The resident said that someone had just tried to use a rock to break a window at his home. A follow-up interview revealed that the homeowner said Chavez walked onto his property carrying large rocks. He was not wearing any shoes. The resident said he armed himself for his own safety. Chavez allegedly walked over to the exterior door of a bedroom and used a rock to smash the windowpane of the door, deputies said. The armed homeowner told Chavez to leave, firing off two warning shots to get the point across. Chavez then encountered an employee of the homeowner, forced him away from his truck and started to drive it away, dragging the truck's owner 20 feet. The truck's owner did not sustain significant injuries. Chavez then drove through several vineyard gates and property fences. Ultimately, he crashed the truck into a ditch near the 5600 block of Tre Monte Lane.
From there he went on foot to another residence in the same area, the sheriff's office said. He was carrying several more large rocks and went to the back of the residence. This homeowner also armed himself and told Chavez to leave his property. Chavez allegedly told the homeowner to shoot him.
Once deputies met up with Chavez, they allege that he repeatedly made "nonsensical" statements and refused to drop his weapons, which were a claw hammer and a tiller in one hand a big rock in the other.
Another deputy then engaged with Chavez, and allegedly told him to drop his weapons again. The sheriff's department said that Chavez refused and continued to yell nonsensical statements. He dropped one river rock, bent over to get another and allegedly indicated that he was threatening to throw it at the deputy, the sheriff's department alleges. The deputy then fired three rounds, striking Chavez an unknown number of times around 10:03 a.m.
A paramedic was flown into the heavily wooded area to render aid to Chavez but he was pronounced dead at 10:29 a.m. An autopsy will be completed on Tuesday.
The deputies involved in the event are Deputy Michael Dietrick and Deputy Anthony Powers. Both men are on administrative leave, the sheriff's office said.
An investigation into the shooting has been undertaken using the Sonoma County Critical Incident Protocol and the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office is also leading an independent investigation.