Drone team aids in locating domestic violence suspect

A 38-year-old man from Petaluma, , was apprehended following an overnight search involving various law enforcement units, including a drone team.

The individual was wanted in connection with a probable domestic violence incident and shooting. After an hours-long overnight search, apprehended the suspect on Liberty Road in Petaluma on Monday morning.

A 911 call was received Sunday before 9 p.m. from a woman who said her boyfriend had beaten her and was in possession of a gun, with dispatchers hearing gunshots in the background, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

Officials said deputies and Petaluma Police Department officers responded to the 900 block of Liberty, discovered the woman and family members, and reportedly brought them to a safe area.

Drone team works together with helicopter, SWAT and K-9

The department's Henry 1 helicopter, SWAT squad, drone team, and a K-9 officer were sent to look for the offender.

Isidoro Amador Maldonado, 38, was found on the premises at 1:45 a.m. Monday and detained without incident, according to the department, which also said two weapons were discovered.

“We typically do not release information about domestic violence incidents,” the sheriff's office said. “However, the heavy police presence in the rural neighborhood generated a significant amount of public concern and interest. We want to address the public's safety concerns.”

Maldonado was arrested and charged with eight felonies, one misdemeanor, and $2.5 million in bail.

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Haye Kesteloo
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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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