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POLICE SAY STAKEOUT SUSPECT CAME OUT OF HOME FIRING AT OFFICERS, WOUNDING ONE

  • Sheriff's deputies and local law enforcement take Luis Sanchez (double check name paper, not confirmed yet), top back, to an awaiting helicopter after he was shot multiple times by Sheriff's deputies on Zaragoza St. in Rohnert Park on Friday afternoon, May 4, 2007. Deputies opened fired after Sanchez shot a deputy in his bullet proof vest.
    Photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat

After a two-hour police stakeout of a Rohnert Park mobile home Friday afternoon, a man came out the back door shooting, and police fired back, according to witnesses.

The 27-year-old man died and a sheriff's deputy was wounded in the shootout in the Rancho Feliz Mobile Home Park.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office would not identify either shooting victim Friday, but witnesses identified the dead man as Luis Felipe Sanchez, whose criminal record included assault, battery, drug charges and a stint at San Quentin.

Six sheriff's deputies, responding to a tip that "a wanted person" was staying at a home on Zaragoza Drive, set up watch about 10:40 Friday morning. The Sheriff's Office would not say what the man was wanted for.

Almost two hours later, when Joyce Jones returned home and went to unlock the back door, Sanchez bolted out and shot twice at deputies, according to witnesses. One deputy was hit in the chest, but the bullet did not puncture his protective vest. Several officers returned fire.

"I heard the first two shots, and I saw the rest of the shots and saw him (Sanchez) fall to the ground," said Erica Johnson, a friend of Sanchez's and daughter of Joyce Jones. "He was standing. The last five shots was what brought him down," Johnson said.

Johnson said her mother told her Sanchez fired at the deputies when he came out, hitting one. She said the deputies returned fire, hitting Sanchez several times in the chest.

Although his vest probably saved his life, the deputy was not unscathed. The bullet's impact caused a large, bleeding contusion, and the deputy was taken by ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Sanchez was airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Sanchez had a Sonoma County arrest record dating back to 1998 on drug and assault charges, with a history of resisting arrest, according to Sonoma County Superior Court records.


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