Sheriff’s Deputy Charged With Attempted Murder After Firing Gun At Party

After getting into an altercation at a party, the deputy fired shots at the crowd. 

An off-duty sheriff’s deputy in Northern California was arrested Friday after getting into an altercation at a party and firing his gun. 23-year-old Kyle Rowland of Sacramento, California had become a deputy with the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office in October, 2016. Now he’s looking at jail time for attempted murder, and has been fired from his job.

According to San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX, Sacramento police responded at 1:58 a.m. Friday to a 911 call about a person with a gun causing a disturbance at a party. When they arrived at the scene, they found a bloodied Rowland being held down by several partygoers. Witnesses say Rowland had gotten into a dispute with people at the party, left, then returned with a gun, firing it several times. No one was injured in the shooting and two firearms were recovered from the scene.

Sacramento Police Department spokesman Matthew McPhail confirmed Sunday that Rowland was charged with attempted murder. According to the East Bay Times, Contra Costa sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said in a statement Sunday, “The employee joined the Sheriff’s Office in October 2016. He was on probationary status, and his employment has been terminated.”

[Photo: Sacremento Police Dept.]

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