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06-16-08, 05:25 PM #1
Yolo Co (CA) Deputy Killed - Suspect in Custody
This all started over DUI driving, called in by the dirt-bag's wife.
Yolo County deputy shot and killed in rural area
11:36 a.m. June 16, 2008
WOODLAND – Yolo County authorities have arrested a man after a sheriff's deputy was shot and killed over the weekend.
Sheriff Ed Prieto says deputies tracked 35-year-old Marco Topete to a wooded area near a golf course off Interstate 5.
Hundreds of law enforcement officers were part of a massive manhunt Monday morning in the rural community of Dunnigan, about 40 miles northwest of the state capital. The search closed part of the interstate to northbound traffic, creating a massive traffic backup.
Deputies responding to a call that a colleague had been shot Sunday night found an abandoned baby inside a car. The baby was reported safe.
Jose Diaz, a 37-year-old deputy sheriff, died after being shot in the shoulder.Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.
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06-16-08, 06:37 PM #2
RIP my brother
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06-16-08, 06:40 PM #3
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06-16-08, 08:39 PM #5
Rest in peace.
06-16-08, 10:21 PM #6
My condolences to his Family and Friends, May he Rest in Peace.
06-17-08, 12:58 AM #7
Rest In Peace my friend, your brothers and sisters in LE will take it from here. My condolences to the officers family, friends and co-workers.
Yet another officer's life has been taken by a gangbanger.
Suspect in Yolo deputy shooting booked on first-degree murder
By Tony Bizjak, Hudson Sangree and Dorothy Korber - firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Updated 5:17 pm PDT Monday, June 16, 2008
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Julie Yu (out of frame far left) and her children, left to right, Jenna, 8, BreAnna, 10, and Lindsey, 15, read a letter written by the late Yolo County Sheriff's Deputy Jose Antonio Diaz describing his last wishes. Yu was Diaz's fiancée and he was a father figure to her children. Diaz was shot in the line of duty in rural Yolo County and later died from his injuries. Carl Costas / email@example.com
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The man suspected of fatally shooting a Yolo County sheriff's deputy Sunday has been booked on one count of first-degree murder and transported to the Sacramento County jail for his own safety, authorities said late Monday afternoon.
Other charges against Marco Antonio Topete are pending, said Michele Wallace, spokeswoman for the Yolo County Sheriff's Department.
Topete, 35, was arrested at 8 a.m. Monday after an overnight manhunt involving hundreds of police officers. The Arbuckle man is suspected of gunning down Deputy Jose Antonio Diaz, 37, during a traffic stop near Dunnigan 11 hours earlier.
Topete, a reputed gang member, is an ex-convict who has served years in state prison for assault with a semiautomatic rifle and driving recklessly during a police pursuit. He's been out on parole since November.
Topete's baby daughter was inside her father's car Monday during the 100-mph chase and shootout. She is safe and will remain foster care until she can be released to a relative, officials said.
Diaz, who was shot in the shoulder through his bullet-proof vest, died at 10:51 p.m. Sunday at Woodland Medical Center.
The timing of Diaz' death makes his loss especially painful for the tight-knit Yolo County law enforcement community. Peace officers there are still reeling from the death of CHP officer Andy Stevens, who was shot in the face during a traffic stop in November 2005. Stevens, like Diaz, was 37 and well-liked.
Stevens' killer, Brendt Volarvich, was sentenced to death on Thursday.
Topete's capture Monday morning ended a long night of searching. Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto said Topete was "trapped like a rat" when officers located him in a wooded area near a golf course off Interstate 5.
"We had him surrounded," he said. "Someone picked up movement in the bushes and we called K-9 units in and arrested him without incident."
The arrest occurred within a mile from the scene of the shooting near County Road 99 and County Road 5, just outside the small farm town of Dunnigan.
Prieto said that Topete allegedly used a high-powered rifle to shoot the deputy.
A 223 high-powered rifle was found around 11 a.m. near the northbound I-5 rest stop area near Dunnigan, said Michele Wallace, public information officer for the Yolo County Sheriff's Department.
The incident began at 6:30 p.m. Sunday when Davis Police issued a bulletin to law enforcement stating that Topete was driving drunk with a child in the car.
An anonymous caller called 911 to report seeing a man drinking in a park in north Davis, then loading an infant into a car and driving away, said Lt. Tom Waltz of the Davis Police Department. The caller provided the car's license plate number.
"We dispatched officers to check, but he was gone by the time our officers arrived," Waltz said.
At the time, Topete was apparently heading home to Arbuckle in Colusa County with his wife and infant daughter. The couple argued and the woman got out of the car on the side of Interstate 5, Prieto said.
Around 9:30 p.m., Deputy Diaz radioed dispatch that he located Topete's vehicle. Topete fled, initiating a high-speed pursuit on county roads that lasted about five minutes. Speeds reached up to 100 mph, Prieto said.
Video from the deputy's car shows him keeping excellent control of the patrol vehicle, the sheriff noted.
Diaz radioed dispatch that he had been shot. When two backup deputies arrived, they found Diaz kneeling behind his patrol car. The bullet penetrated Diaz's Kevlar vest, striking him in the shoulder.
Prieto said he was unsure of the circumstances surrounding the shooting -- and couldn't say whether the deputy was in or out of the patrol car when he was wounded.
The patrol car appears to have been hit by several bullets.
Despite his grave injury, Diaz "was able to point out the direction of where he last saw the suspect headed," according to the sheriff.
Topete, meanwhile, took off on foot, abandoning his baby daughter in the car. Authorities had a perimeter set up within 15 minutes of the shooting.
More than 100 officers from a dozen agencies joined the search overnight, which continued through the early morning hours Monday and totally shut down Interstate 5 near the border of Yolo and Colusa counties for nearly three hours.
Diaz, who used the nickname Tony, was divorced and the father of three children, ages 2, 4 and 16. Prieto described the fallen deputy as a kind, gentle man who "always had a smile on his face."
"Many lives are going to be touched by this," Prieto said of Diaz's death. "It touches your soul, it's so painful."
Diaz lived with his fiancée, Julie Yu, and her five children in Woodland. His ex-wife and two youngest daughters live nearby.
Yu described Diaz as deeply religious man and committed to his job -- but still he found time for hobbies like kickboxing, dee-jaying, and collecting miniature race cars.
Before becoming a deputy sheriff in 2004, Diaz worked for Yolo County for five years as information technology technician.
His former boss, Kevin Yarris of the county Information Technology and Telecommunications Department, said it was a bittersweet day when the affable Diaz left to become a sheriff.
"Everybody knew Tony; he was very friendly," Yarris said. "He loved his job here, but he felt he another calling. He just liked helping people. He treated people with patience and respect."
Retired Yolo County deputy Ilsa von Leden was one of Diaz' training officers.
"He was conscientious, careful, compassionate -- he was able to communicate really well with people," she said.
According to von Leden, it's been 65 years since a Yolo County deputy died in the line of duty: "There hasn't been a deputy sheriff killed out here since 1943 while serving civil papers on someone."
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released this statement on Diaz' death:
"Deputy Tony Diaz was a true hero who sacrificed his life to protect the citizens of his community. The people of California will never forget Tony's selflessness, bravery and tireless dedication to keeping Yolo County safe."
Topete, who was born in 1972, has been in and out of state prison repeatedly over the last 15 years, according to records obtained from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He also served time as a juvenile, but his record as a minor is not public.
As an adult, Topete first was sent to prison in May 1993 for attempting to evade a peace officer while driving recklessly in Yolo County. He was back in prison the next year for discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner in Sacramento County.
Topete's latest prison term began in October 1998 after being convicted of assault with a semiautomatic rifle in Yolo County and sentenced to 12 years. He was paroled in November 2007 and had been out of prison seven months before the encounter with Deputy Diaz.
Bob Thompson, the Topetes' landlord in Davis, said the family had rented a small duplex apartment from him for 13 months until moving out June 1.
"They were quiet, clean, and paid on time," according to Thompson, who said he didn't know the couple well. "They just had a little baby. They had an older daughter, too - maybe in the ninth or tenth grade."
The landlord, who lives in Vacaville, said he was shocked by the news Monday and that he had been unaware of Marco Topete's prison record.
"One of their mothers was the one who qualified them for the rental contract," Thompson said.
Bee staff writers Niesha Lofing and Susan Ferriss and researcher Sheila A. Kern contributed to this report.
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06-17-08, 01:20 AM #8
Rest in Peace Brother, We will take it from here.
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06-18-08, 11:14 PM #9
Thoughts and prayers sent.
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