The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office has released a Critical Incident Video regarding an incident in Half Moon Bay on May 5, 2020. The incident involved a woman, armed with a shotgun, who fired at a deputy.
Incident Date and Time: May 5, 2020 approximately 7:25 pm
Location: 845 Main Street, Half Moon Bay
Type of Crime/Incident: Officer Involved Shooting
Deceased: Sandra Lee Harmon, 56-year-old female, Eureka
The two deputies who discharged their service weapons are Deputy John Baba and Deputy
David Dominguez. Deputy Baba has been with the Sheriff’s Office for approximately two years
and previously worked as a Police Officer at another agency. Deputy Dominguez started at
the Sheriff’s Office in August 2016 as a Correctional Officer and became a Deputy Sheriff in
September of 2018.
On May 5, 2020, at approximately 7:25 pm, deputies were dispatched to the area of Main
Street and Monte Vista Lane in Half Moon Bay on the report of a woman with a gun. The
woman, later identified as Sandra Harmon, was described by the caller as white, slender with
a striped shirt and skirt, carrying a rifle and alcohol.
Responding deputies located Harmon to the rear of 845 Main Street. Harmon fired at the first
deputy on the scene. The second deputy arrived as shots were being fired. Both deputies
ordered Harmon to get onto the ground, but she failed to comply. When she reached for the
firearm, which was on the ground at that point, the deputies fired at Harmon, striking her.
Following life-saving efforts on scene, Harmon was transported via ambulance to Stanford
Hospital. She succumbed to her injuries. There were no injuries sustained by the deputies,
reporting party, or anyone else.