Critical Incident Reviews
What is a Critical Incident Review?
As senior members of POST’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted Committee (LEOKA), Ed and Rich have studied the assaults and deaths of hundreds of peace officers. They have participated in the publication of numerous POST LEOKA and Critical Incident Reports and participated as subject matter experts in various POST television courses. These reports and courses contain leadership, tactical, and training strategies to effectively prepare peace officers to respond, manage and survive similar critical incidents. This information is available on the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training web site, https://www.post.ca.gov/.
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The Eviction Murders
On Thursday, April 12, 2012, at approximately 10:52 a.m., an eviction process was initiated by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department in the City of Modesto, California. Involved were two uniformed Stanislaus County Deputies accompanied by a local locksmith.
James Ferrario, the resident to be evicted, was heavily armed and awaiting their arrival. Ferrario did not respond to the uniformed deputies’ door knocks and verbal announcements as peace officers. While the deputies took positions south and west of the front door, the locksmith began drilling the metal security door’s lock.
Shortly thereafter, Ferrario fired multiple 7.62 caliber rounds from a semi-automatic rifle that struck and killed Deputy Paris and Locksmith Engert. Over the next 17 hours, Ferrario remained barricaded and refused to surrender. His dangerous behavior exposed numerous community members and peace officers to potential serious bodily injury and death.
Stanislaus County Sheriff-Coroner, Adam Christianson, directed an independent review to identify the challenges faced, decisions made, strategies utilized, and lessons learned. This included law enforcement activities before, during, and after the incident.
Tragedy in Hughson
On Friday, December 30, 2011, at 6:26 a.m., Mary Donahou, a Crime Analyst Technician (CAT) with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD) responded to an off-hours request for crime scene investigation. The crime involved gunshots fired into a residence at 2630 Santa Fe Avenue, Hughson, California. At approximately 6:34 a.m., CAT Donahou parked her vehicle on Santa Fe Avenue across the street from the crime scene. As Donahou crossed the street, she was struck by two vehicles and died from injuries sustained in the collision.
Stanislaus County Sheriff-Coroner, Adam Christianson, directed an independent review of Mary Donahou’s accidental death. The purpose was to identify the challenges faced, the decisions made, the strategies utilized, and the lessons learned. This included SCSD’s civilian and sworn law enforcement activities before, during, and after the incident.
The Minkler Incident
On Thursday, February 25, 2010, a search warrant was served by peace officers in Minkler, California. Rick Liles, a security officer who was not working due to an injury, responded with gunfire. Liles’ violent behavior exposed numerous community members and peace officers to serious bodily injury and death. When the incident ended, two peace officers were killed and another was wounded.
Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims directed an independent review to identify the challenges faced, the decisions made, the strategies utilized and the lessons learned. This included law enforcement activities before, during and after the incident.
Active Shooter Incident Goleta
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department
Active Shooter Incident
January 30, 2006
On Monday, January 30, 2006, shortly after 9:00 p.m., a violent predator murdered six people at a United States Postal Distribution Center. A seventh victim was located at a residence the next day. This report acknowledges the courageous response of Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department personnel to this active shooter incident.