SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A rookie Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Friday in connection with a shooting at a Sacramento house party, Sacramento police said.
Booked into the Sacramento County Jail on five counts of attempted murder was Kyle E. Rowland, 23. He is being held without bail, according to jail records. No one was hurt in the shooting.
Rowland was employed as a deputy with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office when the shooting happened, but was fired soon after his arrest, the organization confirmed, and reported by KCRA.
The shooting occurred before 2 a.m. Friday in the 1100 block of G Street during a party attended by between 10 and 30 people, officials said.
“We were having a couple of friends over for a holiday party,” resident Joseph Lozoya said. “The neighbor came over, very cordial, very nice.”
No one at the party was familiar with Rowland, but he lived next door and brought over beer, so they let him in.
“He started creeping around the house, being all weird, talking to girls in very strange ways, being a little bit aggressive,” Lozoya said.
So Rowland was uninvited; not once, but twice.
“As he was leaving, he was saying, ‘I’m going to come back. I know where you live, I’ve been watching you,'” Lozoya said.
Rowland returned a short time later with a gun, and people at the party tried to disarm him.
Ran Alberto witnessed the shooting. “That’s when I told my girlfriend to stay inside because he was just firing everywhere while he was getting tackled,” Alberto said. “I remember when he was already on the ground, he was still pulling the trigger.”
Finally, Rowland was restrained until police arrived and arrested him, Sacramento Police Department spokesman Matthew McPhail said. A booking photo shows Roland with a bloody right eye. Police also confirmed two firearms were recovered at the scene.
McPhail said Rowland lives in Sacramento and was employed with the sheriff’s office at the time of the shooting.
Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jimmy Lee said in a statement Sunday that Rowland joined the sheriff’s office in October. “He was on probationary status and his employment has been terminated,” Lee confirmed. “We take this matter seriously,” he added.
The Sacramento Police Department and the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office are working together on the case. Part of their investigation will be to determine if any of the weapons were issued by the sheriff’s department.
Witnesses said Rowland was drinking. Investigators are waiting on blood test results to see if he had drugs in his system.
The Sacramento Bee reports Rowland is also a prominent blues musician who plays the harmonica and sings for the Kyle Rowland Blues Band, a popular band in the Sacramento area.
(Photo source Sacramento Police Department)