Robert Anderson (2021)

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Del Norte Sheriff's Office - Officer Involved Shooting 8/25/21

On August 25, 2021, several Del Norte County California Sheriff's Office deputies and California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers responded to the scene of a disabled vehicle that was blocking the roadway in Crescent City, CA. Upon their arrival, they located a male subject holding a knife and walking in the traffic lanes. [1] As seen in body-worn camera footage, Anderson later picked the knife up from the ground and lunged towards officers, who fired on him. He was handcuffed and treated for his injuries, but they proved fatal.[2]

The CHP Northern Division Critical Incident Investigation Team, the CHP Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team, the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, the Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office, and the California Attorney General’s Office are investigating.[3]


The Sheriff's Department stated that footage exists from multiple body-worn cameras.[3]

The CHP said it will not release its video footage of the incident until October, to not jeopardize the investigation into Anderson’s death.[2]

On September 11, 2021, the department released the body-worn camera footage.

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  1. Del Norte County Sheriff's Office, Announcement of Incident, Facebook, 2021-08-26
  2. 2.0 2.1 Thadeus Greenson, Del Norte Sheriff Release Video of Fatal Police Shooting, North Coast Journal, 2021-09-14
  3. 3.0 3.1 Del Norte County Sheriff's Office, Investigation Announcement, Facebook, 2021-08-26