Siskiyou Sheriff: Deputies cleared in fatal shooting of Matthew Graham

Jul 27, 2015 7:14 PM by News Staff

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey says all 13 law enforcement agents involved in the fatal shooting of Matthew Graham acted reasonably and will be back on duty in the next two weeks.

The involved deputies and officers were placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation, however, administrative reviews conducted by the involved agencies have found that the use of force by the officers and deputies were within policy guidelines.

Graham was shot and killed Monday July 13 near Dunsmuir by agents with the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol.

Shasta County investigators named Graham a person of interest in the disappearance of his six-month-old daughter Ember after they discovered surveillance showing the two arrive at a Happy Valley convenience store the night she disappeared.

Sheriff's officials say Graham told them he took Ember to the store and then drove back home, but authorities say the video shows Graham driving the opposite direction from his home when he pulled out of the parking lot. The video shows his pickup truck heading toward his home about an hour later.

Three weeks after she disappeared, there is still no sign of Ember, but family members continue to hope and search. Over the weekend members of Ember’s family were joined by complete strangers who continued to search the Happy Valley area.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has suspended search efforts, but say they are keeping the investigation open and will follow up on any new leads.


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