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EPD officers involved in shooting id’d

The two Eureka Police Officers who fired weapons in the fatal incident that killed David Sequoia (aka David Barger) last week have been identified as Rodrigo Sanchez and Patrick Bishop.  A third officer on the scene who did not fire his gun is identified as Brian Stephens.

  1. Kathy
    March 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Since this event I have been thinking of the trauma of all the people involved, the homeowner who suddenly found himself involved in a life and death struggle, his family inside, his wife and daughter. The police officers who arrived and had to make life and death decisions in a split second manner. They are all left with memories that haunt, and events that run constantly in the mind. There is also the family of the man with the gun, the man who is now dead. None of this easy or pleasant. It is a tragedy that turned out perhaps as best it could.
    Prayers, blessings and support to all involved.

  2. Anonymous
    March 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    If you want to support these officers, communicate with them, send them flowers or a letter of support or write a letter to the editor praising and sympathizing with them in this difficult time.

    Don’t pray to gods in lieu of doing something real that affects someone today. Stick to actions that have a demonstrably positive effect in our community. Reach out to these officers to express your support.

  3. the reasonable anonymous
    March 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I’m not a pray-er either, but my understanding is that it doesn’t take a whole lot of time and resources to pray — which means you can certainly still do concrete actions as well. It doesn’t have to be one thing or the other. But I agree that people should never just pray or do rituals IN LIEU of taking concrete steps.

  4. Anonymous
    March 23, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    In my experience, when someone says they’ll pray for you, it’s in lieu of actually doing something. At best, it’s like saying, “I’ll think of you.”

    Thinking about the officers won’t do squat unless you actually tell them your thoughts. Having a conversation in your head might help your psyche, but it won’t help the officers.

  5. Spongy Morel
    March 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I’m not at all religious either but I don’t see any reason for dumping on Kathy when she is just being compassionate and understanding…and well, human.

    I found it poignant in one of the Time Standard articles about the shooting when Garr Nielsen mentioned how traumatic a shooting is for officers involved and that it’s police department policy to provide counseling for for them. I can’t imagine.

  6. Anonymous
    March 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I’m not dumping on Kathy. I’m suggesting that she do something real instead of just in her head. Is there a nice way to say that, a way that won’t offend her? Probably not. I provided several suggestions that are 100% more effective than prayer.

  7. the reasonable anonymous
    March 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I don’t think it HAS to be “instead of.”

  8. Kathy
    March 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    My post was intended to share my concern and my understanding of the trauma of this difficult horrible situation. I hadn’t read any posts that speak to the lasting terror of the situation. I feel for these people, all of them. What about the young girl inside the house? What about that moment the guns went off? What about that eternity? Those long moments of not knowing. They haunt and live for a long time.
    I did do something real. I offered public support on a public blog. You are indeed very right about taking it further and writing a letter. I can do that. You can do that. Anyone can do that.
    Eureka Police Dept.
    604 C Street
    Eureka, CA 95501-0341

  9. bongobilly
    March 23, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Prayer is for the weak-minded and lazy. The strong take action and aren’t afraid to and don’t have to justify their actions by some imaginary being.
    Religion is a crutch for the weak-minded.
    UFOs, Bigfoot, 9/11 Conspiracy Theories, God(s)— all fantasy to keep the weak-minded feeling like they have a Handle On Things. One day, many millennia from now, we will look back and laugh at how crazy all this God-and-Jesus talk really is.

  10. Anonymous
    March 23, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I’m not surprised that atheists think praying is the same as doing nothing.

  11. Spongy Morel
    March 23, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Call it what you will, prayer, meditation, power of positive thinking, whatever. It all matters. I like to keep an open mind for others beliefs. It’s all powerful stuff be it superstitious, or more to my tastes, tricking the brain into making my own reality.

  12. textwrapper
    March 23, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Kathy’s comment was very thoughtful. Officers Sanchez and Bishop would probably appreciate prayers and positive thoughts.

  13. Anonymous
    March 23, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    More KILLER cops!

  14. Kathy
    March 23, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    So I went to the Mall to buy a card. I saw one with a policeman on it and it said, “I hope you don’t get arrested for your birthday.” I moved down to the Hope you Cope cards. They said things like “Hang in There”, or We all have Hard Times or ‘I am your friend, you can do it’… there were moments of dark humor. I settled on a blank ‘Thinking of You’ and will add my own thoughts.
    But I do have to ask, do you not think of the family in this story? Can you imagine an intruder with a gun and a child to protect? Do you not imagine the impact of taking a life? Do you not think of the dreams that come in the night, the struggle again, the gun, the decision, the sound, and the shocking mess of a bullet to the head?
    And so now let me mock my own card. What good will it do? I do not know. It is just a small kindness suggested above. I think I will send it, ok?

  15. titan
    March 23, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Kathy, you’re right on. I think it would help the officers to know that we may not feel their pain exactly as they do, but we support them in their efforts to do their job, especially when under such difficult circumstances and with such a tragic outcome.

  16. Blanche
    March 24, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Thank you, Kathy, for your inspiration to do this. I will too. And thank you, EPD. We appreciate your service to our citizens and keeping us safe.

  17. circustop
    March 24, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I’ve been wondering why the Times Standard hasn’t done an in depth look at the man who was shot and killed. Who was he? Did he have a family? What was his life like? What led to all of this? Who was this person?

    Hopefully the Northcoast Journal will run an investigative story about the guy who died. Sometimes they rise up and do good journalism. Is Hank Sims working on this?

  18. Anonymous
    March 24, 2010 at 11:30 am

    The Times-Standard seems to be living up to a higher standard of journalistic objectivity now than it has done at certain times in the past. For that, I am grateful.

  19. circustop
    March 24, 2010 at 11:50 am

    “he Times-Standard seems to be living up to a higher standard of journalistic objectivity”

    Maybe, but really good journalism should include investigative reporting. Where’s the background story on the person who was shot and killed?

  20. Plain Jane
    March 24, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    “Who was he? Did he have a family? What was his life like? What led to all of this? Who was this person?”

    In 2006 David Sequoia aka Barger was tried for the 1st degree murder of Rex Shinn which occurred in 2003. He was acquited of 1st degree and the jury hung on 2nd, convicted of stealing Shinn’s truck.


  21. anonymous
    March 24, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    There is way more support and a lot less cop bashing on blogs like this than there would have been 4 years ago. EPD’s new culture is obviously welcomed. You paying attention, Mr City Manager?

  22. JAG
    March 24, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    The City Manager highered the Police Chief to make the changes you speak of today.

  23. circustop
    March 24, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks, Jane, but that really tells more about what he did. I had hoped that some news outlet would do some good investigative journalism into the man behind the actions.

    The NCJ did a great piece on the homeless man who was found dead in his tent a short time back. That gave me some insight into the person. That’s the kind of information that’s lacking about Sequoia.

    A good news article would interview family, friends, acquaintances, neighbors. I know much of what he did, but how did he get there and why.

  24. circustop
    March 24, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    This is the type of coverage I’d like to see about Sequoia:


  25. circustop
    March 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I keep thinking about those photos of Sequoia with his arms around his son on his myspace page.

  26. anonymous
    March 24, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Guess his son wasn’t as important to him as other things.

  27. anon
    March 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    JAG, true, but when this chief started making changes that affected this city manager’s friends, this city manager wasn’t much in his corner.

  28. Blanche
    March 25, 2010 at 7:01 am

    What’s there to tell about Sequoia we don’t already know? I was an alledged murderer who got off thanks to Gags and went back to whatever semblance of life he considered his. As far as I can say, he wad breathing somebody elses air and good riddance. Does he deserve a four page backstory in the NC Urinal? I think not. Aren’t we supposed to be saving paper, trees, carbon?

  29. Blanche
    March 25, 2010 at 7:02 am

    I mean HE was an alledged murderer, my bad. No coffee yet.

  30. March 25, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Heraldo, I’ll give you credit for one thing. You really know how to expose the raw, sick side of our Northcoast society.

  31. Plain Jane
    March 25, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Years had elapsed between the murder and the discovery of the body and trial. The 2 eyewitnesses of the murder were accomplices that buried the body who testified after being granted immunity. They were all involved in criminal activity (including the victim) and some members of the jury didn’t believe them. Blaming the prosecutor who has no control over the character of people who witness a crime or the jury’s bias toward them is unfair.

  32. Scary Thought
    March 25, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Look at City of Eureka website, city manager’s office, quarterly reports, second quarter 2009, police section. there’s some information for you about Mr. Sequoia.

  33. Kris Coon
    September 29, 2020 at 10:45 am

    They didn’t have to kill him It’s been over 10 years and it still haunts me I’ve had continued problems with EPD

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