Investigation finds deputy shooting justified

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer

Plumas County Sheriffs Deputy Tom Froggatt’s actions on June 19 probably saved several lives.

That was the finding of a seven-week investigation into a violent disturbance at the Evergreen Trailer Park in Quincy. The confrontation ended with Froggatt fatally shooting 36-year-old Quincy resident Dennis Jason Majewski.

The extensive investigation by the Plumas County District Attorney’s Office, which included at least two-dozen witness interviews, concluded the shooting was justified.

“The overwhelming credible evidence shows Deputy Froggatt acted in self-defense and in defense of others,” District Attorney David Hollister said. “I think he saved not only his own life, but a number of lives in that trailer park.”

Some of the most credible evidence came from Majewski’s own video surveillance system.

The digital video recorder was charred during the fire that destroyed Majewski’s mobile home minutes after the shooting. However, investigators from the district attorney’s office were able to salvage the hard drive.

The video captured some of the events surrounding the fatal confrontation – including images of Majewski working himself into a rage after injecting drugs and drinking alcohol. See the complete story in Wednesday, Aug. 15, editions of Feather Publishing newspapers.

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