EDITOR: Unless the rules have changed, we ordinary citizens have been told to pull over and stop when we see flashing lights and hear sirens behind or ahead of us. That's exactly what I did one recent evening at the intersection of Healdsburg Avenue and Lytton Springs Road.
Coming off the freeway was a deputy sheriff who looked directly at me, made a U-turn in front of another car, parked behind me and exited his vehicle with gun drawn. I immediately raised my arms and placed them behind my neck.
His first question was, "Where are you coming from?" He asked if I had any ID. I told him it was in my wallet and to stop pointing his gun at me. After verifying my address and registration, he told me they were looking for a car similar to mine.
I asked him four times to stop pointing his gun at me.
The most telling question was, "Why did you pull over?"
If this is the competency of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, we're really in trouble.
Pray you don't have an encounter with a trigger-happy or nervous cop. I'm, thinking that may have happened to Andy Lopez.