San Andreas, CA – Sheriff’s officials today report that a woman involved in a single-vehicle accident now faces charges of deadly assault against a peace officer among other offenses.
According to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to an assistance call Sunday around 11:40 a.m. by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Arriving on-scene in Mountain Ranch off Wharregard Road, they found a pickup truck on its side and blood but no driver. Their investigation led to a residence in the 2600 block of Railroad Flat Road, where deputies and a CHP officer attempted a welfare check on the female driver, identified as 31-year-old Satshabad Khalsa, of Railroad Flat.
Incident report details indicate that, after hearing yells coming from a one-room cabin onsite they approached and were informed by two adult female witnesses on the property that they had just been involved in an altercation with Khalsa, during which she attempted to forcibly remove a two-year-old child from one of them, and that she had a knife.
After watching the women approach and struggle with Khlasa while attempting to get her to give them the weapon, a deputy deployed a Taser on Khalsa with little effect. Reportedly, she subsequently rushed at the deputies, knife in hand; each immediately fired off a single shot after which Khalsa fell to the ground inside the cabin, uninjured by the bullets. The responding deputies and CHP officer, unhurt, took her into custody and she was taken for medical clearance to Mark Twain Medical Center before being booked into the Calaveras County Jail.
Currently, Khalsa is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, including one on a peace officer; false imprisonment; child cruelty; and obstructing a peace officer. According to the Sheriff’s Office, as per policy when an officer-involved shooting has occurred, the two deputies were placed on a three-day administrative leave. The case remains under investigation.