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Calif. Deputy Who Shot Airsoft-Carrying Teen Identified

October 28, 2013  | 

The Sonoma County sheriff's deputy who fired the shots that killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez who was carrying an airsoft AK-47 replica last week is a firearms expert, Iraq War veteran and prolific contributor to magazines and online forums dealing with guns and police use of force.

Sheriff's officials had previously declined to release the deputy's name, citing threats to his safety. Assistant Sheriff Lorenzo Dueñas said the office was still dealing with those threats and would, if necessary, take measures to protect Gelhaus, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports.

Gelhaus joined the Sheriff's Office in 1989 and is one of its two dozen field training officers in addition to being a firearms instructor and range master with special training in firearms safety and instruction.

He has testified in court as an expert on gangs and narcotics, according to a colleague. In 2004, he was awarded the office's Medal of Valor for pulling occupants of a burning vehicle to safety.

 

Related Story:

Calif. Deputy Kills Boy Who Brandished Airsoft AK-47

Tags: Airsoft, Sonoma County (Calif.) Sheriff, Officer Involved Shootings, California


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Lenny @ 10/28/2013 1:56 PM

"Eric is an avid hunter both in North America and Africa." "He participates as a moderator on The Firing Line, an online forum for gun enthusiasts hosted by S.W.A.T. Magazine. " Sure is great when your job and hobbies overlap like that.

Don't know if this is his motto or what he tells himself before each shift."“Today is the day you may need to kill someone in order to go home.”

"He advocates an aggressive, combat-like view of law enforcement." That seems fairly obvious.

Glad to hear the FBI will be investigating this killing while Captain America here gets a paid holiday. Perhaps he can go hunting and kill another creature that has done him no harm.

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