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LAKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY ID’S MAN SHOT TO DEATH BY OFFICER JH 10/26/12

NEWS UPDATE

THE LAKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE HAS RELEASED THE IDENTITY OF THE MAN SHOT TO DEATH BY A CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICER ON WEDNESDAY.

52 YEAR OLD RONALD WALTER OSSENBERG OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HAD A LENGTHY HISTORY OF CRIMINAL OFFENSES, INCLUDING CRIMES OF VIOLENCE AGAINST POLICE OFFICERS, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND DRUG OFFENSES. HE WAS ALSO A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER WITH MULTIPLE WARRANTS FOR HIS ARREST. OSSENBERG HAD RECENTLY BEEN RELEASED FROM JAIL IN ORANGE COUNTY AND WAS CHASED BY POLICE IN SAN LUIS OBISPO, AND THEN STOLE A WOMAN’S BACKPACK ON THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, BEFORE COMING TO LAKE COUNTY. A CHP OFFICER STOPPED TO CHECK A VEHICLE ON THE SIDE OF HIGHWAY 29 AND FOUND OSSENBERG IN THE DRIVERS SEAT. THE OFFICER ASKED HIM TO STEP OUT OF THE VEHICLE, AND WHILE SHE RAN A CHECK ON HIM, HE ATTACKED, CHOKING HER AND THROWING HER TO THE GROUND. HE JUMPED ON HER AND TRIED TO TAKE HER GUN, HOWEVER, A BYSTANDER STOPPED AND RAN AT THEM, DISTRACTING OSSENBERG LONG ENOUGH FOR THE OFFICER TO GAIN CONTROL OF THE GUN AND SHOOT OSSENBERG ONCE. HE THEN JUMPED INTO THE STOLEN VEHICLE AND DROVE ACROSS THE HIGHWAY AND CRASHED THROUGH A FENCE. HE WAS LATER PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE OFFICER IS OK, THOUGH HER NAME IS BEING WITHHELD MANDATED BY LAW.

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