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Sheriffs Say Drug Deal Led to Three Dead in Forestville Shooting

Emergency responders found three dead from gunshot on Ross Station Road Tuesday; Sheriff will have press conference at 2 p.m. today.

The County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, reporting there were three deceased males inside a residence of 9707 Ross Station RD. The reporting party stated that it appeared all three of the male subjects had been shot.

When deputies arrived on scene they searched the property and located three deceased males in the bedroom of  second house on the property, and confirmed that all three had been shot. The residence and the property were secured and detectives from the Sheriff's Office began their investigation.

During the course of the investigation it was determined that one of the deceased was Raleigh Butler, age 26, according to the Sheriff report. Butler was originally from Petaluma but had been living out of the area for the past several years.

The property where the three victims were located was being rented by Butler's mother, who was out of the state when this crime occurred.

The other two deceased subjects were also from out of the area. Other names will not be released until notification of next of kin.

"At this point in the investigation, based on interviews and evidence collected at the scene," said a steatement from the Sheriff's office,  "we believe this is a marijuana drug deal that resulted in the death of the three victims."

There will be a press conference at the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office at 2 p.m. this afternoon.

Bay City News contributed to this report.



Dee Baucher February 07, 2013 at 07:27 PM
The underground illegal economy of Sonoma County has been creating havoc for a long time. Law enforcement incompetence and relative disregard has allowed illegal drug enterprises to exist and to flourish, and this has resulted in a whole host of associated crimes. (Grapes are not the only "labor intensive" crop to benefit from the influx of cheap labor, combined with Sonoma County soil and weather. ) Our state officials need to augment Sonoma County law enforcement with oversight and additional support.... because otherwise this situation is only going to worsen.
richie rich February 23, 2013 at 04:03 AM
Hey, thanks for your opinion officer. In the words of one of my most famous cop hero's sgt. joe friday... "just the fact's ma'am"...the words you've spewed above (for lack of a better term) have absolutely zero bearing on the senseless murder of these three individuals. Is there not a more suitable forum for preaching the gospel of your easily discernible private agenda? Your comments are neither supported by proven facts in this case nor any readily available statistical data. Clever pseudonym officer "Dee Baucher" . Is it no coincidence that synonyms of 'debauchery' include words such as dishonesty, corruption, dissolution and shamelessness?
richie rich February 23, 2013 at 04:31 AM
...Additionally, I believe all victims and suspects in this case or 'white'. Therefor it would be senseless, unsubstantiated and virtually borderline racism to concern oneself with the well-established "influx of cheap labor" which in fact, has served as the backbone of the county's economy and wine grapes industry since the 1840's. Once again, just the facts ma'am.

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