Sheriff's office short staffed following Matthew Graham shootout

Jul 16, 2015 2:02 PM by News Staff

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office is down nine deputies after a shootout in Siskiyou County that led to the death of Matthew Graham, the Happy Valley man who went on the run after reporting his infant daughter Ember missing.

In all, 13 law enforcement agents have been placed on paid administrative leave following last Monday's incident, and nine are from the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko says the staffing hit won't affect the number of calls his deputies are able to respond to. Bosenko said there are generally three to five personnel scheduled for each shift, and sergeants will be shifting staff members around to make sure that there's enough coverage.

A total of 58 law enforcement officials were involved in the manhunt for Matthew Graham.

On Monday morning deputies received a call that Graham had been spotted heading towards Dunsmuir.

He was eventually tracked to a nearby garage where a shootout ensued. Graham was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bosenko says an investigation is underway, and his nine deputies will remain on leave until it is complete.


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