Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Dies in the Line of Duty

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We are told by the father of former South Fork High School student, Joe Eastham,* that Eastham, who is a Lakeport Police office, was one of the first on the scene of the accident and he worked to save Deputy Rumfelt.

Press release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Department:

On August 22, 2017 at approximately 7:55PM Lakeport Police units were dispatched to the 900 block of Boggs Lane in Lakeport for a report of 4-5 subjects physically fighting. Lake County Sheriff’s units also responded to assist. It was reported that one of the subjects ran from the scene and had blood on him. Units from the Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene within five minutes. The Sheriff’s units observed a large group in front of a residence on Healton Circle. The deputies observed a bloody subject run into the woods. Sheriff’s Deputies searched the area locating the male subject who was later identified as Alex Michael Castillo, 21, of Nice. The deputies attempted to take Castillo in to custody, but he physically resisted. Deputies deployed a taser and were able to place Castillo under arrest. Castillo was arrested for a domestic violence incident that was related to the original call. Castillo also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in court related to a domestic violence charge.

Shortly after police and sheriff’s units cleared the scene, a sheriff’s patrol unit struck a tree on Hartley Road north of 20th Street. Sheriff’s units on scene requested medical assistance. Paramedics from Lakeport Fire Department responded and began life saving measures. The deputy was transported to Sutter Lakeside Hospital where further life saving measures were attempted. Unfortunately the deputy did not survive. It is believed that the deputy suffered some type of medical emergency while driving just prior to the crash.

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Deputy Robert “Rob” Rumfelt. Rob was 50 years old and a lifelong resident of Lake County. He started his law enforcement career as a police officer with the Lakeport Police Department in 1997. He left the police department in 2006 to work as a private contractor overseas conducting law enforcement training. Rob returned to Lake County and was hired as a Deputy Sheriff with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in 2014. Rob was a Firearms Instructor, FTO and mentor to many newer deputies with the Sheriff’s Office. Rob was also active in the community as an assistant football coach at Clear Lake High School. He is survived by his wife, Kelly; daughters, Brittany and Nicole; sister, Amy; parents Leslie and Robert “Bob” Rumfelt, mother Juanita Dixon.

The Lake County District Attorney’s Office is handling the investigation of this incident pursuant to the county wide critical incident protocol. Additional information will be released at a later date.

*Note: Joe Eastham’s father is this reporter’s stepfather.

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17 comments

  • RIP deputy condences to all affected .

  • Hate to see anyone die . But these press releases get very biased. The officer had a medicial condition and that made him crash, there was zero need to go into his prior call and make it seem releated to his death. That call sounded well within the normal duties we expect from leos .

    • From my understanding, the call was extremely stressful. If so, that may have led to medical issues. I read the press release that way.

      • Thats my point, even truck drivers are required to have biannunal physcials, certain things like high blood pressure and the like are reasons they will pull your job. Being able to handle hi stress calls is a physcial requirment to be a cop, if he had a medicial condition that could be triggered by a hi stress call he should have been removed from acrive service or placed on a desk. I am by no means saying he was a bad cop or deserved to die , i am merely saying that the press release in the line of duty and then all the details of the call , just to have it be a medicial condition is pretty lame , and i know it wasnt you writing it , you merely shares the press release, i was saying they sure were attampting to make it seem larger then it really was

        • Maybe he had an aneurysm, hard to find that in a physical, which could have been triggered by a stressful situation, next

    • amimissingsomething

      Antichrist, Tale your fishing pole and troll elsewhere. Thoughts and prayers to the family of this hero. EOW 8/22/2017 protecting his community….May you R.I.P. Bob Rumfelt…Thank you for your service!

    • I agree. Sensationalism.

  • Double speak outside of cheek

    So very sorry. Blessings to you all

  • Very sad day.

  • My Heartfelt Condolences to his family.My he rest in peace~🕊

  • Thank you Kim for your respectful reporting of what must have been avery stressful call that we were not part of..,.

  • My condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers. Sad day.

  • I didn’t know you but I know you were a hero.

  • Interesting
    [The saying appears in the Latin Bible in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 26, verse 52. an unnamed follower of Jesus draws his sword and cuts off the ear of a servant of the high priest. … (“Return your sword to its place, for all who will take up the sword, will die by the sword.”)] -snip

  • Prayers for the family. RIP Deputy Rumfelt.

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