February 28, 2024

SAN JOSE — A disgraced former Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputy has been convicted in a weird case wherein authorities say he inexplicably staged a faux on-duty taking pictures of himself on a distant highway close to the Uvas Reservoir 4 years in the past.

Sukhdeep Gill, 30, pleaded no contest Tuesday to a misdemeanor cost that he staged a faux taking pictures of himself when he was a Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputy in January 2020. (Picture courtesy of the Santa Clara Co. Sheriff’s Workplace) 

Sukhdeep Gill, 30, pleaded no contest Tuesday — the day his preliminary examination was scheduled to begin — after agreeing to a court docket supply to scale back his felony vandalism cost to a misdemeanor, in accordance with the Santa Clara County District Legal professional’s Workplace, which objected to the leniency.

As a part of the court docket settlement, Gill must carry out 150 hours of neighborhood service, pay unspecified restitution and give up his policing license to the state Fee on Peace Officer Requirements and Coaching. The latter requirement means he will probably be barred from serving as a police officer once more in California.

Gill’s listed lawyer didn’t instantly reply to an e mail in search of touch upon the plea, for which Gill was not required to be current in court docket.

Within the wake of the Jan. 31, 2020 drive-by taking pictures declare by Gill, the sheriff’s workplace known as the incident an “unprovoked assault” and that it was a “shut name” between life and loss of life for the then-deputy. However a 12 months later, the company modified its tune and mentioned its investigation uncovered vital factual inconsistencies and no proof of one other motorist being on the evenly traveled Uvas Street on the time of the purported taking pictures.

“I’ve gone to officers’ funerals after they’re shot,” District Legal professional Jeff Rosen mentioned in a press release Tuesday. “I hope to by no means hear once more about an officer faking being shot. It’s outrageous, diverts public assets, and dishonors officers who put their lives on the road to guard us.”

In accordance with the sheriff’s workplace investigation, on the evening of the taking pictures report, Gill advised his supervisors and later detectives that he was on patrol and pulled over on the northbound facet of Uvas Street close to Wallace Place, simply south of the reservoir car parking zone, in order that he may urinate.

He reported {that a} car approached, the driving force turned off its headlights, and somebody within the car fired 4 pictures, with one bullet hitting him squarely within the chest and destroying his physique digital camera, and three bullets hit his SUV. Gill additionally reported he fired two retaliatory pictures along with his 9mm service pistol, as he tumbled down an embankment.

The sheriff’s workplace staged a large manhunt, and stopped drivers whose vehicles matched Gill’s phony description of the shooter’s car. However none had been linked to the taking pictures, and residential safety footage from the world confirmed no vehicles heading towards or away from Gill’s location 10 minutes earlier than and after the pictures had been fired.

Investigators had extra grounds for suspicion: Two .380 bullet casings had been recovered on the passenger facet of the patrol SUV, nicely away from the roadway, and no markings to recommend that they’d been inadvertently kicked over or displaced by a automotive tire. After they tried to recreate the taking pictures — firing at a standing goal from a shifting car — they might not replicate the sample wherein the bullet casings fell on the taking pictures web site.

However once they determined to shoot on the goal from a stationary place, the check sample matched.

In the summertime of 2020, sheriff’s detectives began surveilling Gill, and he appeared to note, reaching speeds of 120 mph on the freeway and 80 mph on metropolis streets in San Jose to elude the tail, in accordance with a police report. Gill’s residence was searched three months later, and detectives discovered he had two .380 pistols registered to him, however didn’t get better weapons or ammunition that matched the crime scene.