It was Friday, August 28th, and Sheriff’s Deputy Jose Garcia was serving an out-of-state restraining order stemming from a home violence incident when the state of affairs rapidly escalated.
Based on Mariposa County sheriff Doug Binnewies, the gate was unlocked and the deputy had authorized grounds to be on the property.
The video reveals 69-year-old Douglas Popke going inside his dwelling after yelling on the deputy for going by the gate on his property.
Moments later, Popke comes again across the nook.
Mariposa County detectives say he was armed with an assault rifle with a silencer.
Each the deputy and suspect opened fireplace.
Outgunned and on unfamiliar territory, the sheriff says it was because of a mixture of navy and regulation enforcement coaching that Deputy Garcia survived the assault.
“It is clear to me that Mr. Popke’s intent was to kill our deputy,” says the sheriff.
He was below fireplace for a substantial period of time by a very-high caliber assault rifle, in accordance with the sheriff.
It might be roughly 20 minutes earlier than any backup arrived.
Sheriff Binnewies says the deputy was alone as a result of the division has “such a big county to patrol, we do not have sufficient employees to double our deputies up.”
For 2 and a half hours, deputies looked for the suspect.
Inside the house, the suspect’s spouse and son have been relaying to 911 dispatchers the variety of weapons on the property and the trailer they might discover Popke barricaded in.
Garcia wasn’t struck by gunfire however sustained a number of accidents.
Popke was struck twice within the shoulder. He’s set to be arraigned Tuesday for a primary diploma cost of ‘tried homicide of a peace officer’, with a number of enhancements.
District Lawyer Walter Wall says, “The weapons have been very refined weapons. He had silencers, he had brief barrel rifles, ghost weapons. These are weapons with no serial numbers that he and his son have been manufacturing.”
This would be the first of two arraignments. Popke will probably be a co-defendent along with his son. They face plenty of costs stemming from the arsenal of weapons discovered on the property.
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