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Sheriff's Deputy Involved In Dog Park Scuffle

The Sacramento Bee via YellowBrix

June 22, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA – A day at the dog park turned ugly when a woman identified as a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy punched another woman in the face as their dogs fought.

Shelly Riley said she was at Bear Dog Park in Roseville, sitting with other owners in an area reserved for small dogs about 6:30 p.m. Friday, when the trouble began.

Her dog, a miniature pinscher named Diesel, started to mix it up with two pugs. The pugs both got on top of Diesel, who was on his back, she said.

She said she was concerned Diesel would get hurt.

As she pulled the pugs off by their harnesses, she felt someone grabbing her from behind. She turned to see what the person wanted.

“Then there was a fist coming at my face,” Riley said. "As soon as I got hit this lady said, ‘You threw my dog.’ ’’

Riley said she dragged the dogs off but didn’t throw them.

Other dog owners separated the two women. They escorted the woman who had thrown the punch to her car and detained her until officers arrived, Riley said.

Roseville Police Sgt. Dave Sloane identified the woman as Monica Estephanie Chavez, 32. She was arrested, cited on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and released pending a court date next month, Sloane said. She was also ejected from the dog park, he said.

Chavez told officers that she was in local law enforcement, Sloane said.

Sgt. Tim Curran, spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, said a deputy was cited on suspicion of battery by Roseville police Friday but would not give her name.

The deputy, who normally patrols the north area, was assigned to modified duties pending the outcome of an administrative investigation, Curran said.

Others inside the department said the deputy was Chavez.

Chavez could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Riley, a 34-year-old event planner, said her cheek was swollen and bruised. At first she thought it was broken, but a CT scan found no fractures, she said.

Riley said she also had red marks on her back, where Chavez scratched her.

“Everyone was saying she was crazy,” Riley said. “I’m still in shock.”

  • Evgeni_nabokov_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Bad call officer

    If you go to a dog park, you should expect see that not all dogs get along. With that in mind you need to be the better person.

  • White_shirt_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Whalewatcher. Ditto to your comments.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 5 years ago


    LEOs have always been, and will continue to be, held to a higher standard than the average joe. Until that changes, expect the media spotlight to continue to shine brighter upon you than all others. That being said, the deputy is probably going to pay a price for her conduct.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    about 5 years ago


    The two acre dog park has an area for big dogs and an area for small dogs so they can run off leach. The dogs were not hurt pulling them apart. Cooler heads need to prevail as dogs will be dogs. Its a shame to drag the Sacramento Sheriff's the middle. Let's be at a higher level than our pets ladies...........

  • Th_untitled_max50


    about 5 years ago


    I disagree with the job being a side issue. We are asked to be held to a higher standard! We are required to react to breaches of peace, even off duty. We are in the spotlight and we know ahead of taking the job, that this is part of the job. That's why we are constantly reminded of such. How many departments require their officers to carry off duty?

  • Eagle_rwb_max50


    about 5 years ago


    I don't know what to say about this.... but dog parks are STUPID! Put a bunch of dogs together in one setting and instincts will kick in - they form a pack, and the members do whatever the leader does. So they fight like wild dogs. And these people are surprised so they get in a fight themselves.

  • Policememorial---a_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Big Bump to RETLEO... my thoughts exactly.

    I mean for crying out loud ladies you are both adults here... try acting like one!

  • Dioge7_max50


    about 5 years ago


    The article identifies Chavez as a Deputy on 5 seperate occassions...only identifed Riley as an event planner once. What does it matter what either one does for a profession?! Neither of the two were working at the time, there is no need to identify either one of them by profession! Just another LEO bashing article. One more black eye we all must overcome!

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Bump Retleo's comment. I wasn't there and don't know what really happened. LEOs have to be above and beyond -- our character, our principles, integrity have to be beyond reproach. We can't have a human moment in public (insert sarcastic tone here).

  • Jpd_new_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Bump Retleo. When was the last time we heard about the crazed off-duty reporter or the law-breaking media personality? When a media person does wrong, it sure does go away fast.

  • Ribbon_max50


    about 5 years ago


    BUMP Retleo!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    I agree with Retleo.

  • Img00177_max50


    about 5 years ago


    BUMP Retleo

  • Th_detective_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Chavez was off-duty at the time of the alleged assault, what does her status as a Deputy have to do with this situation, other than it being another Media hype to bash the LE Community. Once again we are presented with one side of the story and the Media paints the (off-duty) LEO in a bad light implying that in some way her Deputy status had something to do with what happened. Crap like this just turns my stomach. If Chavez did commit an assault upon Riley then let the court handle it, no need to drag their employment status into the mix at all!

  • Thinker_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Could cost a deputy her career. What was she thinking?

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