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Petaluma Police Department
Tuesday April 2nd, 2024 :: 07:21 p.m. PDT


Officers Provide Care to a Woman Suffering from a Medical Emergency

On Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 3:05 pm, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Dana Street for a disturbance inside a residence. A neighbor reported a female subject inside a residence running around and breaking items. Soon thereafter, an additional call was received reporting the woman was now mobile walking from a residence toward Petaluma High School. The woman was described as being unclothed and covered in blood.
As police units were responding to the scene, the woman walked onto the school campus where she entered the school gymnasium. Unfortunately, the gymnasium was occupied by students. Staff at the school acted swiftly evacuating the gymnasium of students and providing clear directions to incoming first responders.
Officers ultimately encountered the woman who was suffering from several lacerations to her body including a serious laceration to her arm. Officers believed the woman was suffering from a mental health crisis in addition to needing immediate medical intervention. Recognizing the severity of the situation, officers applied a tourniquet to her arm to stop the bleeding. Paramedics arrived shortly thereafter providing additional assistance and transporting her to a local hospital.
Based on the observation of officers on scene and the information provided by the public, her actions appeared intentional and consistent with someone who may have been trying to injure themselves. There were no obvious signs of foul play, and as it appears, the woman sustained the injury from exiting a window at the residence. We have no reason to believe the woman was in possession of any weapons. The woman’s injuries were determined to be non-life threatening and luckily, no other community members or students were injured. The woman’s identity is being withheld due to medical confidentiality.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis in Petaluma, help is available by calling call 9-1-1 for emergency police/fire/medical or for the mobile crisis response team here in Petaluma call SAFE (Specialized Assistance for Everyone) or 988 for the suicide crisis hotline.  The SAFE team can also be called directly at 707.781.1234.  Additional mental health resources in Sonoma County can be found here
We would like to thank the neighbors in the area who notified us of the activity in their neighborhood. With the information provided by our community members, first responders arrived on scene in under five minutes providing care to the woman. If anyone has additional information, please call 707.778.4372 and reference report number 24-1423. 
Media inquiries may be directed to Lieutenant Matthew Parnow at [email protected] or phone 707.781.1204.


Petaluma Police Department
969 Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA 94952

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-778-4372

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