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Petaluma Police Department
Friday August 5th, 2022 :: 01:26 p.m. PDT


Suspect Arrested after Negligent Shooting

Petaluma Police Department 
News Release 

For Immediate Release
Friday, August 5th, 2022

Incident:                 Suspect Arrested after Negligent Shooting  
Report Number:          22-3260
Occurred Date :           Friday, August 05, 2022
Occurred Time:           5:58 a.m.
Location:                     2100 block of Willow Drive, Petaluma
Suspect:                       Tyler Elliott (age 28, Petaluma)
Charges:                      Negligent Discharge of Firearm 246.3(a) PC- felony
                                    Felon/Addict Possess Firearm 29800(a)(1) PC- felony
                                    Violation of Probation 1203.2(a) PC- misdemeanor
                                    Possess Assault Weapon 30605(a) PC- felony

Incident Summary-
On 8/5/2022, at approximately 5:58 a.m., Petaluma police officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of Willow Drive to investigate suspicious circumstances. The reporting party called 9-1-1 (from a separate location, second hand) reporting they had received a call from Tyler Elliott. Elliott told them he had shot someone inside his residence.  

Officers arrived on scene but did not immediately notice any signs of a disturbance including any suspicious people in the area. Dispatchers then received a call from Elliott who was ordered to exit the residence. Elliott was detained and a search of his residence was conducted. No other people were in or about his residence.
Officers did locate an assault rifle in the residence and observed a shattered glass door. The door appeared to have been shot from inside the residence, causing it to shatter. After speaking with Elliott and reviewing the scene, officers determined there was not any evidence that suggested an intruder was inside or breaking into the residence. Elliott was arrested for the negligent discharge of a firearm among other associated charges. He was later booked into the Sonoma County Jail.
Based the evidence and statements obtained, officers believed only one shot was fired. The surrounding area was checked for the location/direction of the bullet. It is believed the bullet entered the backyard of Elliott’s residence, struck a concrete patio and fragmented.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Officer McGovern at 707-778-4372 or utilize [email protected].
Please direct media inquiries to Lt. Tim Lyons at 707-776-3718

Petaluma Police Department
969 Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA 94952

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