Sonoma Deputies Shoot, Kill Man at Resort

Nov 19, 2013 2:38 PM

GUERNEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Sonoma County Sheriff's deputies have shot and killed a man who they say opened fire at them with a high-powered rifle at a resort.

The shooting occurred at the Riverlane Resort in Guerneville. Sheriff's officials say the suspect's wife contacted authorities around 11 p.m. Monday to report that her husband, 59-year-old Wayne Courtright, of St. Helena, was intoxicated, suicidal and armed with a rifle.

Sgt. Carlos Basurto tells the San Francisco Chronicle ( the wife came to a sheriff's substation with her 30-year-old daughter. Sheriff's deputies surrounded the resort.

Basurto says around midnight, Courtright came out and opened fire at deputies with a rifle, prompting deputies to return fire.

Courtright was struck at least once and died at the scene.

The incident comes less than a month after a Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who was carrying a replica firearm.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,

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