Courts & Crime

Did California deputy aim gun at 9-year-old's head?

Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto said Tuesday he has launched an investigation into claims by a Dunnigan couple that a deputy stuck a gun to the head of their 9-year-old daughter as officers executed a search warrant in June.

The girl's father, Santiago Ochoa, said he recognized two of the deputies who came to their rural home on June 11 as Hernan Oviedo and Hector Bautista, gang-unit officers involved in the controversial shooting of farmworker Luis Gutierrez on a Woodland overpass in April.

Prieto said none of the deputies involved in the search of the Ochoa home could discuss the incident because it is under investigation.

The sheriff said he is skeptical of the girl's claim, which surfaced this weekend during hearings by a self-appointed citizens panel, the Independent Civil Rights Commission. The panel, chaired by former state Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, is examining alleged abuses by Yolo County's gang-supression unit.

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