QUINCY, CA - The hospital patient shot to death by a Plumas County sheriff's deputy during a violent struggle early Sunday has been identified as Mariano Joseph Mauro, 53.
Mauro had checked himself into the Eastern Plumas Health Care Center in Portola Saturday night for an unspecified ailment and later began exhibiting "menacing" behavior, according to Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood.
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Mauro's daughter, Angelena, told News10 her father suffered from severe depression and bipolar disorder that was exacerbated by the tenth anniversary of her mother's death on October 13.
"He had some mental issues. The hospital knew that," she said.
Hagwood said nursing staff called 911 just before 1 a.m. Sunday and the arriving deputy found Mauro barricaded in his room.
He had wrapped himself in a mattress and fortified his legs with braces in preparation for an attack, Hagwood said.
An explosive confrontation with the lone deputy spilled into the hallway, past the nurse's station and into the hospital lobby.
At various points in the struggle, Mauro reportedly got control of the deputy's taser and baton and fired a shot from the deputy's handgun while it was still holstered.
The deputy managed to regain control of the handgun and killed Mauro with multiple shots in the lobby.
Angelena Mauro, 25, who lives in Castroville, says she had spoken to her father by phone just before he went to the hospital.
"He didn't say anything to me about going to the hospital," she said. "He was mumbling from sleeping medication and said he was going to bed."
She said family members, who live in Monterey County, are challenging the deputy's use of deadly force.
Hagwood stands behind the unnamed deputy, who remains on paid administrative leaving pending separate investigations by the Plumas County District Attorney, the California Department of Justice and an outside law enforcement agency.
"I have absolute, unshakable confidence that my deputy was left with no other choice but to use deadly force," Hagood said.
by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net