Use of Force

Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) & Critical Incidents

Types of Incidents:

  • Officer Involved Shooting (OIS)
  • Use of Force (UOF)

Visit the Lake County Sheriff's Office Use of Force Policies page to review policy documents.

DateLocationNameType of IncidentCase Number
November 9, 20146417 16th Avenue
Lucerne, CA 95485
Oneal, Christopher KeithOIS14110123
February 21, 20151635 Nice-Lucerne Cutoff Road
Lakeport, CA 95453
Young, Adam DavidUOF15020285
March 1, 20179543 Washington Street
Upper Lake, CA 95485
Thaxton, Wesley ShawnUOF17030017
February 15, 20184230 Lakeview Road
Nice, CA 95464
Sienze, Jason RichardOIS18020066
September 5, 20184913 Helbush Drive
Lakeport, CA 95453
Gonzalez, Carlos AnthonyUOF21438
July 17, 20197152 Marin Street
Nice, CA 95464
Smith, Grant DonaldUOF19070164
December 28, 201913090 Highway 20
Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423
See, Craig EllisOIS19120322
December 31, 20194913 Helbush Drive
Lakeport, CA 95453
Hernandez-Guzman, AlfonsoUOF20020144
February 5, 20209400 Block of Highway 175
Kelseyville, CA 95451
Ellingwood-Estrella, MirandaUOF23408
December 30, 20206300 Block of 6th Avenue
Lucerne, CA 95458
Duncan, Trey BrandonUOF20120287
May 11, 2021635 Highway 20
Upper Lake, CA 95485
Mayhood, RyanUOF21050095
September 23, 20216240 Soda Bay Road
Kelseyville, CA 95451
Savok, Chad AlexanderUOF21090240
January 12, 202211627 Garden Court
Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423
Wilkinson, Benjamin AnthonyUOF22010120


Objectively Reasonable

The legal standard used to determine the lawfulness and appropriateness of a use of force is the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. See Graham versus Connor, 490 U.S. 386 (1989). Graham states in part, The reasonableness of a particular use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than with the 20/20 vision of hindsight. The calculus of reasonableness must embody allowance for the fact that police officers are often forced to make split-second judgments - in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving - about the amount of force that is necessary in a particular situation. The test of reasonableness is not capable of precise definition or mechanical application. The force must be reasonable under the circumstances known to the officer at the time the force was used. Therefore, the Sheriff's Office examines all uses of force from an objective standard, rather than a subjective standard.