Santa Rosa Deputy Who Murdered Albert Leday Jr. June 2nd Has Shot Two Other People in the Past

"...three shootings — most officers go through their career with no shootings — it just raises a lot of concerns.”

'Deputy involved in June 2 shooting involved in two other shootings'

By JEREMY HAY     THE PRESS DEMOCRAT 
Published: Monday, July 5, 2010 at 5:32 p.m.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a man last month in Santa Rosa has been involved in three of the 11 officer-involved shootings that the sheriff's office has recorded this decade.

Sgt. Mark Fuston, who on June 1 killed Albert Mike Leday Jr., 49, after a high speed chase, was one of two deputies who fatally shot a Windsor woman in 2000 after she pointed a toy gun at them. In 2003, he shot and injured a fleeing gang member.

A Santa Rosa Police Department investigation continues into the Leday shooting. Fuston was cleared of wrongdoing in the prior two shooting incidents.

Civil rights activists on Monday said they were withholding judgement but said that the prior shootings were notable.

“It doesn't bode well,” sad Carole Howard, a member of the Police Accountability Clinic and Helpline, a group that works with people who feel mistreated by police. “It's just one more thing to pay attention to, it's an alert, put it that way.”

Steve Fabian, a boardmember of the county chapter of the ACLU, said, “It's hard to second guess a police officer in this type of situation without knowing all the things that took place, both in the current situation and the prior situations.”

He added, however, “I think that at the same time, three shootings — most officers go through their career with no shootings — it just raises a lot of concerns.”

Sheriff's officials last week said that deputies involved in multiple shootings aren't subject to additional supervision, but that the department reviews each incident to see whether procedures were followed.

On Monday, Sheriff's Capt. Matt McCaffrey said that those reviews do take into account prior incidents where there was use of force.

“You look at what were your findings in the previous shootings, if he followed policy, he followed law, he followed good judgment. If your findings were positive, there's nothing really to go back and look at,” he said.

“Our point of view is to look at it internally to see if they followed procedure, and the second issue is to look at it from a training standpoint,” McCaffrey said. “That's our job as an agency.”

Fuston is not the only deputy to have been involved in multiple shootings. In 2004, Deputy Henri Boustany was involved in two fatal shootings; he was cleared of wrongdoing in both cases.

Of the 11 officer-involved shootings recorded by the sheriff's office since 2000, eight were fatal.

The first of those was in April 2000, and involved Fuston and another deputy, Tom Howard. In that case, the two were responding to a 911 call from Erin McDonald, 31, who said she was being held hostage by a woman with a gun.

In the house, McDonald pointed a cap gun that had been painted black at each of them separately, prompting them to fire.

Both were cleared of wrongdoing, and the District Attorney's Office later concluded that McDonald “orchestrated” a “suicide-by-cop plan.”

In the 2003 shooting, Fuston shot Andrew Valencia, 21, five times in the back, buttocks and legs after pulling him over. In that case, Santa Rosa and Petaluma police investigators said, Valencia turned as Fuston was chasing him, appeared to be drawing a weapon and shouted, “I have a gun, too.”

No weapon was found on Valencia, who survived, but a loaded 9 mm handgun was found in his car. Valencia was later sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for a gang-related shooting.

The shooting of Leday came after a pursuit that began at a Larkfield apartment complex to which deputies had been called by a woman who said she was fearful of her ex-boyfriend who was on the premises, and that he had earlier assaulted her.

When deputies spotted Leday in his car, he led them on a chase to Guerneville Road and West Steele Lane, where he crashed into a light pole and got out of his car.

He was shot seconds later, police and some witnesses said, after he appeared to reach behind his back and pull up his waistband.

No weapon was found on Leday or at the scene.

The case remains under investigation by Santa Rosa Police investigators who will turn over their findings to the District Attorneys Office to determine if there was any criminal wrongdoing.

The scene of the June 2, 2010, crash in Santa Rosa.

Comments

Is this the same cop who shot and killed the 16yr old boy in Sebastopol? And the same one who shot the unarmed man in Coddingtown? He needs to be put away for life!!  He is dangerious, a "rogue cop"!  He almost beat an acquaintance of mine to death, let 2 police dogs attack him, played tug-of-war with them by grabbing him by his legs while one dog had an arm and the other dog had his head in his mouth. He almost died. There was an eye witness on the phone wirth 911 stating that "the police are going to kill him", they stripped him naked and took pictures, claiming it was for "evidence", it was for there own sick pleasures. He and another officer were giving each other high five, saying "did you see that".  Then this man was promoted to sergeant!! There is something very, very wrong with the Sonoma County Sherriffs Department! They need to fire ALL of them and start fresh!!  It scares me to even think about being pulled over, what will happen to me?
Will I be the victim of Police Brutality? It needs to END!   2010-09-13

Mark Funston is a very bad, aggressive, scary man to have on our police force. He has beaten individuals. While the dogs had a friend of mine by his arm and head, he grabbed this individual by his legs and played tug a war with them, ultimately causing this person to need 47 stitches on his scalp. There is way, way more to this, due to fearing for my own safety and my friend's, who has been beaten on several occassions by these "rogue sheriffs", will keep this short. Funston and other deputies were giving each other high fives, laughing and stating "yea, did you see that!!"   After this incident he was promoted to Sergeant!!! WHAT the HELL!!!!!!!!! is that??????? The Sonoma County Sherriffs Department leads in officer involved shootings out of the WHOLE Bay Area!! The ANIMAL'S have to be STOPPED!! We need to end this sick, outrageous behavior!! I know in the future I will think 5x over before I would call 911 for help, fearing worse will even happen when these animals show up!! People of Sonoma County BEWARE for there is corruption amongst us!! And always document, watch very closely when dealing with the sheriffs department! We all need to ban together and end this violence!!

it is a really sad day when one needs to feel that they need to protect themselves from law enforcement officers. i was sexually assaulted,as well as had my civil liberties violated...for no real cause at all....

when i was trying to file an law enforcment report re stalking,that originated in another county.

i was in sonoma county , as i was originally born , and raised in sonoma county...now i no longer wish to be anywhere close to sonoma county....in fact , i left sonoma county , california...for good......NEVER TO RETURN AGAIN....

IT IS SAD ....AS LAW ENFORCEMENT USED TO BE A NOBLE PROFESSION.

I NO LONGER HAVE ANY RESPECT FOR ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT.

IT IS ALSO A LOSS FOR SONOMA COUNTY...AS I WAS GOING TO RELOCATE MY BUSINESS TO SONOMA COUNTY UNTIL THIS INCIDENT HAPPENED...

 PLEASE READ MY STORY:

http://refusestogo2sonomacountyca.webs.com/aboutme.htm