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.
He was sentenced to San Quentin in 2004 on drug and vehicle violation charges, according to court records.
Rancho Feliz ("Happy Ranch") is west of Highway 101, laid out on a one-mile loop with several cross streets, making it an enclosed community of about 1,000 people living in 300 mobile homes.
A sign at the front gate says "Drug Free Zone."
"Our neighborhood is not any different than other neighborhoods," said Diane Acosta-Pelletier, a 20-year resident of Rancho Feliz who lives across the street from Jones.
"There are mostly good neighbors, and then there are the trouble spots. That," she said, nodding toward Jones' home at the center of a wide web of yellow police tape, "has been a trouble spot for a long time now."
Several neighbors expressed concern for Erica Johnson's 5-year-old daughter, MacKenzie, who had been staying with her grandmother, Jones.
"We were telling police, 'For the love of God, get that little girl out of there,' " a neighbor said. "She needs to be protected."
Neighbors congregated outside the yellow tape Friday, some unable to get home, some watching plainclothes police walking around in blue jeans and T-shirts with large black revolvers strapped to their hips.
"We haven't had a shooting here for a couple years," a neighbor said. "We've had a bunch of stabbings and drug raids, but not too many shootings."
Community meetings about open space plan
March 17: Community Church of Sebastopol, 10 a.m. to noon.
March 19: Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
March 20: Bodega Bay Grange, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
March 21: Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
March 22: Finley Community Center, Person Senior Wing, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
March 26: Sea Ranch Hall, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
March 28: Healdsburg Villa Chanticleer, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
March 29: Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
March 31: Cloverdale Veterans Memorial Building, 10 a.m. to noon.