GUERNEVILLE (CBS SF) — A man fatally shot by Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies Thursday night had kept an acquaintance in his car against her will while he fled sheriff’s deputies through locked gates and road blocks before crashing, Santa Rosa police said.
After he crashed the car, a sheriff’s deputy shot the man, identified as 37-year-old Richard Shreckengaust of Marin County, believing he was reaching for a weapon while he refused to come out of his car. The investigation was handed over to Santa Rosa police according to the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Employee-Involved Fatal Incident Protocol.
Police in San Rafael were first alerted to the kidnapping at 10:25 p.m. when the victim sent text messages to a friend saying she was being driven to Sonoma County against her will, police and sheriff’s officials said.
The victim later told authorities that she had known Shreckengaust since January and had agreed to see him Thursday night. The two were not and had never been dating, Santa Rosa police said.
While driving, the two smoked marijuana together, but after that the victim told authorities that Shreckengaust was acting strangely and frightened her, talking about having explosives in the car.
She asked to be dropped off at Terra Linda but he refused and continued driving north on U.S. Highway 101.