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    Sonoma State University Police Officer Shoots Domestic Violence Suspect
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    The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deputy-involved shooting in Cotati. (May 5, 2017)

    A Sonoma State University police officer shot a 22-year-old domestic violence suspect in Cotati early Friday, Sonoma County sheriff's officials said.

    As the bars in downtown Cotati were closing around 2 a.m., several fights broke out and Cotati police requested backup from campus police.

    Four women told officers near the Plaza that, when they tried to break up a physical fight between a man and woman, the man had pointed a gun at one of their heads and threatened to kill her if they didn't leave, Sonoma County sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Crum said.

    The officers then followed gunshots they heard nearby and collected four handgun casings, but did not find the victim or suspect.

    Around 4:45 a.m., the Sonoma State officer was following up on a domestic incident in the 100 block of East Cotati Avenue, near the Plaza, when he saw a man walk out of a creek bed, Crum said.

    The officer believed the man was the suspect from the previous domestic violence incident and tried to talk with him, but he ran away, prompting a foot chase.

    The officer used his stun gun on the man and then shot him twice, Crum said. The suspect was taken to a hospital, where he had surgery.

    The sheriff's office is investigating the incident. Anyone with information about it has been asked to call 707-565-2185.

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