A Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy gunned down Monday while answering a routine service call was a young and recently-married outdoorsman who was well liked in the department.
“He was a good kid,” said Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Shaun Hampton. “He was easy to like, easy to know.”
Hampton said he had worked with Deputy Mark Stasyuk while he was a swing shift supervisor and Stasyuk worked the graveyard shift. Hampton described Stasyuk as “sharp.”
“The community has lost a lot,” he said.
Stasyuk married Amy Silchuk in March, according to an online registry.
Leela Silchuk, Amy Silchuk’s cousin, said in an email to The Bee that Stasyuk loved to be outside and was a avid fisherman.
“He was an incredible man, loved his Amy dearly and had so much integrity,” Leela Silchuck said. “His whole world was Amy and his family. They just got a house and had their whole life ahead of them. He will be terribly missed.”
She added that she has set up a GoFundMe page to help her cousin.
Stasyuk attended Sacramento State as a criminal justice major in 2016, as reported by The State Hornet. He appeared in a “Student Success” promotional video for the university’s college of continuing education.
Ernest Uwazie, professor and chair of the university’s criminal justice department, asked fellow faculty members to join in solidarity and mourning after Stasyuk’s death.
“He was in our traditional C.J. major program, and later enrolled in the online degree completion program, and last enrolled in Fall 2016,” Uwazie wrote in an email to faculty, an excerpt of which was shared with The Bee. “His untimely, tragic death is sad, and our hearts go out to his family and colleagues as well as fellow students.”
Stasyuk and Robertson were assigned to the Rancho Cordova Police Department. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department provides deputies to Rancho Cordova on contract.
Monday afternoon, Stasyuk, 27, and his partner Julie Robertson, 28, answered a routine disturbance call at a Pep Boys Auto Parts store in Rancho Cordova. The suspect, Anton Lemon Moore, 38, immediately fired on the two deputies, according to the department. The deputies returned fire.
Moore allegedly shot Stasyuk in the chest and Robertson in the arm before fleeing. Stasyuk died Monday afternoon about three hours later, Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones said. Stasyuk was a 4 1/2-year veteran with the department. Robertson has 3 1/2 years with the department, according to a sheriff’s department news release.
In an interview with The Bee Tuesday, the sheriff called Stasyuk “a great officer, a standup guy.”
“It’s a tragedy in any case – they’re all tragedies – but some seem worse than the others,” Jones said.
He also praised Robertson for her actions during the gun battle.
”What strength, to see the bullet wound tearing up her arm,” he said, adding that the deputy provided updates to dispatchers of what was happening at the scene while “returning fire and saving her own life.”
“She was the first one doing an assessment, updating his condition,” Jones said. “I will reach out and talk to her. She’s going to have her own issues and we want to make sure she knows that we – and especially I – am glad that she’s still here with us.”
Moore was apprehended by other deputies in a nearby parking lot. He was shot multiple times and transported to UC Davis Medical Center. The sheriff’s department said his injuries were not life threatening, and radio traffic the day of the incident indicated a gun had been found.
Moore, aka Anton Lemon Paris, was transported to UC Davis Medical Center, according to Jones, where he remained hospitalized as of midday Tuesday.
Robertson and the unidentified bystander have been released from the hospital, Hampton said Tuesday.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s homicide bureau continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting.
Stasyuk is the first Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy killed in an officer-involved shooting since 52-year-old Robert French was fatally wounded during a shootout at the Ramada Inn hotel on Auburn Boulevard last August. The suspect in that shooting, 32-year-old Thomas Daniel Littlecloud, died days later.
Monday’s large, active crime scene closed the intersection of Folsom Boulevard and Olson Drive all day, disrupting traffic throughout Rancho Cordova. Before 6 a.m. Tuesday, the intersection and surrounding roads had been reopened, with one lane of westbound Folsom Boulevard closed in front of Pep Boys as authorities were still at the scene.
Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement Monday evening offering condolences to Stasyuk’s family, friends and colleagues. Brown said Capitol flags will be flown at half staff to honor Stasyuk.
This is a developing story. Please check sacbee.com for updates.