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DA files murder charges against sheriff's deputy for Dublin double homicide

Original post made on Sep 9, 2022

An Alameda County sheriff's deputy faces two counts of murder as well as several special allegations and the prospect of death-penalty consideration in connection with the brutal slayings of a couple in their Dublin house Wednesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 9, 2022, 11:52 AM

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Posted by Paul C
a resident of Danville
on Sep 9, 2022 at 12:29 pm

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It would be interesting, as an aside, to understand why the Alameda County Sheriff's Office is hiring deputies that live in Stockton. In a county that has almost 1.7 million residents, why they are hiring people who have to commute nearly 75 miles, to work.

Posted by Swagu
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Sep 9, 2022 at 5:27 pm

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Paul - From the Mercury News article posted yesterday it stated: However, he failed his probationary period with that agency, Kelly said, because “his ability and his skillset weren’t meeting the criteria that this job demands.”

Posted by Paul C
a resident of Danville
on Sep 9, 2022 at 6:09 pm

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Swagu - While that's very interesting, it still doesn't answer my question as to why the ACSD is going that far afield to get deputy applicants. Still they gave him a badge and a gun and it would appear he abused both. And you know that we won't get any details regarding this man's employment if they would reflect badly on the ACSD or any of its employees.

Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 10, 2022 at 2:15 pm

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Police department employees, now that I think of it, fire department too, often live in a locale away from the jurisdiction in which they work, on one hand it is often cheaper that way, plus shift changes are usually not around 9am and 5pm so they don’t commute at regular rush hour so that helps, and most importantly, they may wish to live away from their work area so they don’t run into people they may offend say at the grocery store, and don’t have to deal with potential conflict of interest with kids schools, etc if they don’t work for the same city or county that they work under.

Posted by Ptown Baseball Dad
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 10, 2022 at 9:27 pm

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Unless a city or county makes it a term of employment, an officer is free to live wherever they want to live.

What I’m interested in learning more about is the license plate reader used to detect the suspect’s movement just after the crime. Is this a gated community? If not, is Dublin using license plate readers to monitor movements of vehicles? Or was it a law enforcement vehicle with a license plate reader (commonly used by law enforcement agencies in California). More clarity from the writer would be helpful.

Posted by Jeremy Walsh, editor
associate editor
on Sep 10, 2022 at 11:41 pm

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The probable cause declaration did not reveal the exact location of the license plate reader camera, but it does describe the VW being seen on Fallon Gateway. Our understanding is Dublin has such reader technology mounted at specific intersections in the city. It seems like they're talking about a camera at a roadway intersection, but they did not identify one way or the other in this case (and we can't speculate in the article). Here is the passage from the document:

"Detectives reviewed license plate readers, which revealed a grey-colored Volkswagen Sedan (CA: 6MEA916) driving south on Fallon Gateway in the City of Dublin, CA, at 0046 hours, 1 minute after the shooting."

Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 11, 2022 at 8:52 am

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The concerns here are not ‘why’ the department hired someone who doesn’t live in Alameda County, but more what were the hiring conditions- most importantly the psych evaluation, the background results, and the drug use parameters installed at the time. You lower qualification acceptance in those areas then you accept the consequences. Applicants are placed in levels of a grading system: A, B, C, and D more or less and the agency decides at what level they will not go below. The City and County decide on ‘lowering’ acceptance standards based on their ideology of equity. Plane and simple.

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