Ex-Sonoma County Deputy Arrested in Killing of Suspect

6 November 2020

SANTA ROSA, CALIF. (AP) — A former Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy who slammed a suspect’s head into a car door frame last year and put him in a neck hold after a chase has been arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter.

Charles Blount, 61, turned himself in at the Sonoma County jail Monday night on a warrant issued by the Superior Court in the county north of San Francisco, authorities said.

He was booked on suspicion of felony involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor assault by a public officer and released in about an hour after posting $50,000 bond. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had an attorney to speak on his behalf in the criminal matter.

An email to the officer of Harry Stern, who represents him in a civil case, wasn’t immediately returned Thursday.

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