Less than ten seconds had passed between the time Sheriff’s Deputy Erick Gelhaus reported seeing 13 year old Andy Lopez with a toy gun, and the time he fired 8 shots into the junior high school student. The incident happened so fast, that the deputy he was training hadn’t even exited the vehicle before 7 of the 8 bullets had torn through the child’s body, killing him on the spot. They hadn’t even seen the boys face, before the last breaths he would ever take, coughed up the blood that his heart would soon cease to pump through his lifeless young body.
A witness says he heard Gelhaus yell “PUT THE GUN DOWN!
” twice, but has not reported hearing the deputy identify himself. Gelhaus says he “can’t remember” if he identified himself before he ended the young boys life. It was the third death at the hands of police
in the area, in less than 24 hours.
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For all of you good people out there who aren’t familiar with liars and criminals, “I don’t remember” is how criminals avoid answering questions. Nobody can prove whether or not you remember something, so you can never be charged with perjury. The deputy would probably prefer to lie and say “Of course I identified myself”, but he knows there were witnesses, and his partner that day was a rookie, who he cannot trust to lie. Though a number of Sonoma County Sheriff’s vehicles are equipped with dash cams, Gelhaus’s vehicle was not, and so conveniently, there is no audio or video.
Jack Reacher: There are four types of people who join the Military / Police / Law Enforcement. For some, it’s family trade. Others are patriots, eager to serve. Next you have those who just need a job. Then there’s the kind who want the legal means of killing other people.
Gelhaus is a weapons expert, and has 24 years in with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department. Department officials say he has never fired on a suspect in over two decades of his membership in the gang. “Officials” of course try to make it out like that bodes well for the killer, but I say it means the guy knew better. From the way he reacted, you would think he never saw a gun before. He runs up behind what he believes is an armed man, yells at him, and then acts surprised when the man turns around? This guy has been a cop longer than I’ve been old enough to own a gun, and I know better than that!
What would this assassin do if he worked in a place where open carry was legal? It’s not exactly unheard of for a man to walk down the street with a rifle. Screw if this was a toy gun or not, screw that it was a child, who the hell does this guy think he is? To accost an armed man from behind, and gun him down before he has a chance to see who’s trying to disarm him? On what planet would a civilian not be charged with murder for such reckless and negligent behavior?
Perhaps it was his multiple deployments to war zones that made him so fond of murdering brown children… Gelhaus served as an infantry squad leader in Iraq in 2005. Records show that he served in the Army from 1983 to 1987, the Army Reserve from 1987 to 1995 and the Army National Guard of California from 2003 to 2010. All times during which numerous US military conflicts took place. If this is how Gelhaus behaves here at home, imagine how many innocent lives he snuffed out as an unaccountable mercenary in a foreign country. How many fishing poles did this monster “mistake” for rifles as he roamed around poor villages looking for trouble? How many children had to mop up the blood of their parents after Gelhaus and his friends decided they were “insurgents”?
Demonstrators in California are calling for charges to be filed against Gelhaus, but as of right now, he’s getting paid to not come to work.