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6A Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 Indian Valley Record SHOOTING: Video documents victim's behavior From page 1A Dispatchers at the sheriff's office had received three 911 calls in three minutes. The first was from Majewski's next-door neighbor; the sec- ond was from Majewski's girlfriend. The third (at 3:59 p.m.) was from Majewski, who told the dispatcher to "send every deputy" because he was going on a "murder spree." Then Majewski hung up. In the hours prior to Frog- gatt arriving on the scene, video showed Majewski in- jecting himself with a sy- ringe at least three times, drinking what appeared to be vodka from a bottle and mak- ing phone calls. He became visibly more ag- itated throughout the day, twice throwing his phone. He grabbed a knife and continued drinking the clear liquid. Majewski repeatedly stabbed something on the cof- fee table with the knife, threw something in the air and sliced at it with the knife and then threw something in- to the kitchen where his girl- friend was. At that point, he pulled a larger knife from under the couch and began to sharpen it. .Majewski went outside for about a minute. When he re- turned, he had the knife and a hammer and proceeded to start smashing items in his living room. The shooting One of the neighbors Ma- jewski had threatened to kill rushed toward Froggatt when the deputy arrived. Froggatt, who was the only officer on the scene, had very limited information about the situation that was unfold- ing. Because the approaching neighbor was so "animated" Froggatt handcuffed him. Froggatt said he then heard Majewski yelling and screaming in front of his trailer about 75 yards down the road. He said Majewski's arms were moving up and down in a very animated fashion. As Froggatt got closer to Majewski, he could' hear him yelling, "Bring it on. I'm gonna kill you. Bring it on." At that time, Froggatt thought Majewski's threats were still directed at the neighbor who was in hand- cuffs back at Froggatt's pa- trol car. After Froggatt walked about 20 feet toward Majews- ki, he 'noticed Majewski had a "long and skinny" object in his right hand. Froggatt said he drew his gun and continued walking toward Majewski, telling him to "drop the weapon." The deputy advised dis- patch, by radio, that he had one person detained and an- other at gunpoint. Majewski continued walk- ing toward Froggatt, yelling, "Bring it on, I'm gonna kill you. I'm gonna kill every- body." At that point Froggatt said he realized Majewski was yelling at him and not the man in handcuffs. when he was within about 40 yards of Majewski, Frog- gatt noticed an object in Ma- jewski's left hand, which he thought was a firearm. Froggatt again told Majew- ski to "put down the weapons. Drop the weapons." According to Froggatt and witness statements, Froggatt told Majewski to drop his weapon at least 10 times. Froggatt took cover behind a telephone pole. It was the first of three times that Frog- gatt retreated. He back-ped- aled a total of 70 feet during the encounter. Majewski refused to drop his weapons. He kept coming at Froggatt and began calling him by name. "I'm not gonna put 'em down. You are gonna have to shoot me, Tom," Ma- jewski yelled. When Majewski was with- in 15 feet, Froggatt retreated again, taking cover about 50 - 60 feet away behind a lattice porch attached to a trailer. Froggatt said he expected Majewski to put down his weapons. But he didn't. He kept coming at a "very deter- mined, raPid pace." He said when Majewski got to within 10 or 15 feet, Frog- gatt decided to back away even further. He retreated to the front passenger side of a car parked between two trail- ers in the park. He continued to order Majewski to drop his weapons. Majewski refused. Instead, he kept moving toward Frog- gatt, who was now cornered. "You're going to have to kill me, Tom," Majewski said. "I don't wanna," Froggatt responded. "I'm not gonna kill you. Just put the weapons down." Majewski kept coming around the car toward Frog- gatt until they were directly across the hood from each other. That's when Froggatt fired three shots. Majewski, who was struck three times in the upper tor- so, spun in a clockwise direc- tion about a quarter of the way around and fell on his back. Froggatt moved around the car because Majewski fell to the ground out of his vision. When he saw Majewski on the ground, Froggatt saw the hammer and knife lying next to him. Froggatt said at about that time, Sgt. Dwight Cline, who was in plain clothes, arrived on the scene. Cline advised dispatch, "Shots fired, sub- ject down, send ambulance and fire." The confrontation had last- ed just two minutes. The knife and hammer Dennis Jason Majewski was holding during his confrontation with Deputy Tom Froggatt are displayed Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Plumas County District Attorney's Office. Photo by Dan McDonald Froggatt immediately put on rubber gloves to begin performing CPR on Majews- ki. But he was pulled from the scene by detectives who had arrived. Majewski was mortally wounded. Investigation When investigators asked Froggatt why he fired his weapon, Froggatt said he was "fearing for me, not knowing what was behind me. I had al- ready retreated to my third location of cover, and he con- tinued to threaten me and re- fused my directives to put down the weapons and stop. "I had already turned my back on him once, to make sure I didn't trip when I back-pedaled. I felt I had no place to go." When asked if he consid- ered using his Taser instead of his gun, Froggatt said, "I don't believe it was appropri- ate based on his behavior., and seeing some sort of weapon, weapons -- one in each hand. I didn't feel it was an appropriate decision to draw my Taser." Froggatt and other witness- es said that Majewski's de- meanor grew more belliger- ent and agitated during the encounter. When asked if he shot Ma- jewski with the belief that Majewski would otherwise kill or injure him, Froggatt said, "Absolutely. I had an unsecured subject hand- cuffed, defenseless, sitting in my patrol car, and I felt I had no place to go with the threats he was making." Majewski Majewski's doctor said Ma- jewski was being treated for "opiate addiction." The doc- tor added that Majewski had a personality disorder and had become difficult to man- age because he was "noncom- pliant." The doctor said Majewski was on "Kadian" (synthetic morphine) and, from time to time, morphine. The doctor said he began a "step down" dosage reduction on Majews- ki's medications in January. At the time of the shooting, Majewski was on probation for driving under the influ- ence of alcohol. He had previ- ous convictions and was ar- rested in 2009 for "exhibiting a deadly weapon" and "threatening crime with the intent to terrorize." He had at least 10 encoun- ters with the Plumas County Sheriffs Office where he was identified as the suspect or offender. Fire Although the cause of the fire that destroyed Majews- ki's trailer about 20 minutes after the shooting hasn't been determined, video footage showed it starting in the kitchen. ,;.. COMMUNITY CORNER WEEKLY CALENDAR Thursday, Aug. 16 Workshop for Plumas Artists, 2-4:30 p.m., Green Meadows Community Room, of Hot Springs Road. 284-7069. Friday, Aug. 17 Sewing, Crafts and Cof- fee, 11 a.m.-noon, Tay- lorsville Community United Methodist Church, Nelson Street, 284-7861 or 284-7670. AA, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, Hot Springs Road, Greenville. Saturda Aug. 19 Celebrating Recovery, free dinner 5 p.m., worship at 6 p.m., and group meet- ing at 7 p.m. Lake Almanor Community Church, 2610 Hwy A-13. Call 596-3683. Chfldcare provided. Monday, Aug. 20 Indian Valley Tea Party Patriots, 6 p.m., Greenville Town Hall. Mt. Jura Gem and Mu- AA, 7 p.m:, First Lutheran Church, Bush Street, Greenville. Call 24 hours a day (877) 880-2880. A1-Anon Family Group Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Commu- nity United Methodist Church, 386 Main St, (Back door on Brentwood Dr), Chester. Tuesday, Aug. 21 Family Night, 5:30 p.m., Roundhouse Council, 330 Bush St., Greenville, 284- 6866. Wednesday, Aug. 22 A1-Anon, 5;30 p.m., at the Grange Hall in Taylorsville. Indian Valley Recreation and Park District, 5:30 p.m., at 109 Ann Street. Greenville Rotary, 6 p.m., Indian Valley Community Center Conference Room, Highway 89, Greenville. Lassen-Plumas Contrac- tors Association, 6 p.m., Firehall No. 1, Lake A1- manor. AA Meeting, 7 p.m. First seum Society, Potluck, Baptist Church, Hot meeting and program Springs Road, Greenville. starts at 6:30 p.m. in the mu- seum building, Tay- lorsville, 284-1046. ! I Greenville Public Library I RREAKib.IG I 1204Ann St." 284-7416 I" kll(A) I I Mon., Tues., Wed.; 00i00tEVVOI I lOa.m.-lp.m.,l:30-5:30p.m. Thursday" I I I | forecast and [ ! -IIIglhgp r0ad-condit]ons ] :' ..... at LAST WEEK'S TEMPERATURES DATE HIGH LOW Aug. 6 90 50 Aug. 7 89 46 Aug. 8 93 47 Aug. 9 95 48 Aug. 10 94 48 Aug. 11 97 49 Aug. 12 97 54 Aug. 13 -- 57 Total Precip: 0" to date; Last Year this date: 0". Season is July 1 to June 30 Compiled by Raymond Hunt LAKE LEVELS Lake Almanor *Elevation tCurrent 4,491.16 1 Year Ago 4,492.30 Lake Almanor **Capacity tCurrent 1,066,854 1 Year Ago 1,097,201 Bucks Lake *Elevation 1"Current 5,148.74 1 Year Ag0 5,154.36 Bucks Lake **Capacity tCurrent 90,738 1 Year Ago 100,761 *Elevation above sea level in ft. **Storage in acre ft. 1" July 22, 2012 Aug. 8, 2011 Today's Weather 90162 Partly cloudy. Highs in the low 9Os and lows in the low 6Os. SunriN Surdmt 6:16 AM 8:00 PM :"i :: 90161 Sunny. Highs in the low 90s and lows in the low 60s. Sunrise Sunset 6:17 AM 7:58 PM 89161 Abundant sunshine. Highs in the uppe, 80s and lows in the lOW 60S, Sunriae Sunset 6:18 AM 7:57 PM 84159 84156 Mainly sunny. Highs Sunny Highs in the in the mid 8Os and mid 80s and lows =n lows in the upper the mid 50s. 50s. : Sunrise Sunset Sunriae Sunset 6:19AM 7:56PM 6:19AM 7:54PM California At A Glance Moon Phases (" 10i:iiii  Last New :iO Aug 24 Aug 31 San Frisco .... .,n. Wed 8/16!:! Very High "k Thu 8/16 i Very High " Fri 8/17  VeryHigh Sat 8/18 i VeryHigh Sun 8/19 Very High '2 iI Trio UV hKtex i ........ d onaO-tl pro number scale, with a higher UV Index ......... ,in San faction. 0 11 77/69  Area Cities il'']'[' [" "5'I  .,. Anaheim 88 67 pt sunny Modesto 101 70 sunny Salinas 72 55 ptsunny Bakersfield 104 77 pt sunny Mojava 101 73 pt sunny San Bernard*no 102 70 pt sunny Sarstow 105 74 ptsunoy Monterey 68 55 ptsunny SanOiscjo 77 69 pt sunny Blyths 111 84 pt sunny Needles 114 90 pt sunny San Francisco 70 58 pt sunny Chaco 102 69 sunny Oakland 82 69 pt sunny San Jose 87 61 sunny Costa Mesa 85 69 pt sunny Palmdale 103 74 pt sunny Santa Barbara 77 61' pt sunny CHURCHES Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, 284-7517 or 284- 1414, Hideway Rd, Greenville. First Baptist, 284-7714, 133 Hot Springs Rd.. Greenville. Christ the Redeemer Church, 284- 1003, 120 Bush St., Greenville, ctrangli- First Lutheran, 284.7683, 116 Bush St., Greenville. Greenville Assembly of God, 284- 6586, Forgay & Setzer, Greenville. Indian Mission Full Gospel, N. Valley Rd., Greenville. Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah's Wit- nesses, 284-6006, 1192 N. Valley Rd., Greenville. Seventh-Day Adventist, 310-2042, Hwy. 89, next to Sierra Sunrise, Greenville. Southern Baptist, 284-7522, 241 Greenville Wolf Creek Rd., Greenville. St. Anthony's Catholic Father Larry Beck. Jessie Street, Greenville. 283-0890. Sunday Mass, 11 a.m.; Thursday Mass, noon. Community United Methodist Churches of Greenville and Tay- Iorsville, 284-7316, 212 Pine St., Greenville and Nelson & Warren St., Tay- Iorsville. Christ the Redeemer Church, 284- 1003, First Lutheran, 120 Bush St., Greenville., -- I 7'04"r' m 6:57 p.m. , 9:08 a.m. 6/2 6/2 - ,. o \\; \\; \\; 5:S2"a.m. , " 8/5 1 ,I ' / heste % " , N o.i.c00 ',,[i"% 2., 1.4 i .X "( " Porela * 1[..% 7:29 p.m 5:35 p.m. I _ O.hico X __ I It TM 8/9 .. 818  " 2"32 a m C.-.- -- .") f- I b'f-- }:} ' ' ' ""   "'\\;  IRen, 8/11 : O,ovill ,   \\; .... r.= 8/7 , &tNYGotd(8/lff:162310I ] " I"-" -TruckeeJk " t 1 1 .--:.2.:--:22= J ------- ....... ''-''" 1 5 r--- ' 9:14.a'm" Magnitude 17:29"p.m. 1.2 "'''1.4 " r 8/4 /.-. . am= l. 8/5 920a.m. 9"19"am  |" U i Z :. Ipq.+ 8/4 ' S/4" ' ml%l Regional 25 3 0 28 Previous week 10 3 0 13 Earthquake activity throughout California increased this week, producing several quakes measuring M 3.0 or stron- ger, including three in the M 4 range. Northeastern part of the state also showed an increase in activit', as the number of quakes jumped to the upper ZO quake-per-week level- the highest num- ber in four months. The intensity was not as robust as the rest of the state, howev- er, as only three quakes registered in the M 2 range The activity was scattered with little clusters here and there At 6:57 p.m. Thursday, August 2. a M 2.6 earthquake occurred southwest of Chester in the Soldier Meadows area. Mild ground shudders were felt at Lake Almanor and Seneca. One report said they heard earthly groans while the ground vibrated beneath their feet. It was followed by two small aftershocks. The Soldier Meadows-Lake Almanor area has shown above normal activity this past year. With huge fires raging in Plumas County, the last thing the resi- dents need is another natural disaster. ,,We Rock!" Advanced Geologic Exploration, Inc. Scientists of the Earth TM 180 Main St. P.O. Box 1956 * Chester CA 96020 * (530) 258-4228 t |