We got us a new sheriff. His name is Vern Warnke.
The worst part of this incident at UC Merced yesterday is having Sheriff Vern stand up in front of reporters wearing a big cowboy hat and making us all look like a bunch of hicks from the sticks.
All my life the law enforcement officers in Merced County wore standard police uniforms or business suits. They NEVER wore cowboy hats on duty. They didn’t even wear those “Smoky” hats that some state troopers wear.
Last year the old sheriff (Mark Pazin, who I’ve known since I was a kid) retired and a former Sheriff’s deputy won the election to replace him. (I voted for Pat Lunney, the former police chief of Merced).
Seriously, this is embarrassing.
Meanwhile, The guy was was stabbing people has been identified as UC Merced student 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad. According to Sheriff Vern his motives are “unclear”.