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Sonoma County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday September 18th, 2019 :: 10:37 a.m. PDT


Deputy injured as inmate tries to grab his service weapon

Yesterday, inmate Sean Seeman, 27, Santa Rosa, was arrested for attempting to grab a deputy’s service weapon during a court hearing.  
On September 17, at approximately 10:27 a.m., inmate Sean Seeman was in court to start a jury trial for multiple cases involving violent felonies. Seeman has a violent history that includes attempted sexual assault, attempted murder of a correctional deputy, and gassing correctional deputies. Gassing is the act of throwing feces or other bodily fluids at correctional deputies or staff. This incident unfolded as the deputy was walking Seeman to his seat. Due to his history of violence, Seeman was wearing waist restraints with both wrists secured in handcuffs at his side. His arm movement was limited by a chain about 8-10 inches long. Seeman extended his left hand and reached for the deputy’s service weapon. The deputy grabbed Seeman and pulled him down onto the ground to prevent him from grabbing his service weapon and to control his movement. Other deputies in the courtroom assisted with controlling Seeman and escorting him out of the courtroom. The deputy received moderate injuries during the incident.
Seeman was charged with attempting to remove a peace officer’s service weapon, obstructing and delaying the duties of a peace officer, battery against a peace officer, and resisting while using force or violence.  He remains in custody at the jail without bail.
Prepared by: Sergeant Juan Valencia, Public Information Officer
Case No: 190917-004
Media Inquiries: (707) 565-3941 

Sonoma County Sheriff's Office
2796 Ventura Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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