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4A Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 Feather River Bulletin JUSTIFIED: Patient shot, killed after attacking deput:v' from page 1A What followed was a battle between two large, strong men. The 6-foot-3-inch, 240-pound deputy, who served in the Marine Corps, wasn't able to restrain the 6-1,283-pound Mauro. During the battle, Mauro managed to get ahold of Klundby's Taser and baton. He also managed to fire a shot after getting a hand on the deputy's holstered gun while the two men were on the ground. Despite repeated warnings that the deputy was going to shoot him, Mauro swung the baton at Klundby's head, missing the deputy's face by inches. Klundby responded by firing four shots in rapid succession, striking the spinning Mauro in the middle, and upper left side of his back. A doctor at the hospital checked Mauro moments after the shooting and pronounced him dead. When asked why it took more than three months to complete the investigation, Hollister said his office's protocol required him to wait until he received the results of Mauro's toxicology report. He said that the investigation was essentially complete after a few weeks. But it took an additional two months to get the tqxicology report from Washoe County, Nev. Hollister said Mauro's toxicology wouldn't have changed his decision to rule the deputy's shooting justified. The toxicology delay meant a delay in Klundby being officially and publicly cleared of any Hollister said the wait for the toxicology report was frustrating. But he said he isn't going to change the way his office works. "I don't plan to change the protocol," he said. "I can't imagine scenarios that are more serious than this. We need to be deliberate; we need to be thorough. And when we do make an announcement, it needs to be something that the public can have confidence in. "The sheriffs office has been very patient with us. They know the basis for the delays and it is one of the areas that are really out of our control." Sheriff Greg Hagwood said he understood the DA's need to be thorough. "Obviously we all wanted this information to come out as quickly as possible," Hagwood said. "But it was worth the wait. I'm very pleased." However, Hagwood said he didn't wait for the investigation report to become public before returning Klundby to active duty. The sheriff said he had no doubt that Klundby saved lives at the hospital. "I absolutely believe that he acted legally and appropriately," Hagwood said. "Bringing him back (to active duty) wasa statement of how strongly I believe that." Mauro's toxicology Mauro tested positive for the drugs diazepam, nordiazepam and hydrocodone. Hagwood said the fact that there were no drugs in Mauro's system associated with causing violent behavior was very telling. "He had a history of violent behavior," Hagwood said. "I'don't think he needed drugs to be violent." Mauro, who had felony convictions for arson in 1992 and spouse abuse in 1999, was arrested several times during that time span. He had numerous contacts with Plumas County law enforcement officers since 2007. According to the investigation report, Mauro had 115 contacts with the sheriffs office. In 20 of those contacts he was listed as a suspect. Mauro arrives at EPHC Edltor's note. fn order to protect the identities of the four hospital staff members who were interviewed during the investigation, they are identified as Nurse 1, Nurse 2, Nurse's Aide and ER . Doctor. Mariano Mauro arrived at Postal Sandea: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location end hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: RO. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. .Office is open Men. through Fri:, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. How to ontaut us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. 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I I Name I I I I Adm I I city, State, Zip I L --- m l .. l l --, .. l m --. m d In this photo taken by investigators two hours after the fatal shooting, shards of broken glass and blood droplets are seen scattered around the hospital room where Mariano Mauro was staying. Mauro was admitted to Eastern Plumas Health Care on Oct. 19, 2013, after complaining of chest pain. Photo courtesy Plumas County District Attorney's Office the emergency room about 8 a.m. on Oct. 19, 2013, complaining of chest pain. Two hours later, he was admitted into the hospital for observation. Mauro became agitated after an 8 p.m. visit by a woman, Kristina Perkins, who was identified as his girlfriend. She was reportedly there to give Mauro his car keys. Mauro argued with Perkins and accused her of stealing from him. He dumped out the contents of her purse and found a pack of cigarettes and lighter that he said were his. He kept them and the keys. After Perkins left, Mauro spent a lot of time on the phone. About 8:30 p.m., he began asking Nurse 1 for Valium, saying that he couldn't sleep without the drug. A half-hour later, Nurse 1 gave Mauro the Valium and the nurse said he appeared to calm down. About 10 p.m., Nurse's Aide went:to Ma, uro's room after the room's call light came on. The call light was activated because his pulse was elevated. Nurse's Aide discovered Mauro had cut his wrist with a 2-inch knife attached to his key chain. Although the cut was described as "superficial" with just a drop of blood, Mauro was then considered a danger to himself and was placed on a suicide watch. After ER Doctor treated Mauro, Nurse's Aide stayed to keep an eye on him. Mauro said he was not trying to kill himself, but was attempting to make his girlfriend feel bad. Nurse 1 spoke with a worker from the county mental health department and it was decided she would visit Mauro the following morning. Nurse 1 told the mental health worker that Mauro would be monitored by hospital staff, so it wasn't necessary for mental health to respond that night. At 12:30 a.m., Mauro called Nurse 1 to his room and said he had "the worst headache of his life." He had been asking for Dilaudid (an opioid pain medication) to be added to his IV. Nurse 1 told Mauro he wouldn't be getting Dilaudid. Nurse 1 offered to provide Norco (an opioid pain medication mixed with Tylenol). Mauro refused the Norco and insisted on Dilaudid. A few minutes later Nurse's Aide told Nurse 1 that Mauro was getting dressed to leave the hospital. Nurse 1 told Mauro he couldn't leave until he was seen by someone from mental health. At 12:48 a.m., Nurse 2 called the sheriff's office to report the problem with Mauro. She called 911 again at 12:59 a.m. to say Mauro had barricaded himself in the room using chairs against the doors. Nurse 2 said Mauro then broke a window in the door with his elbow. He threw a pitcher of water and glass at the broken window toward Nurse 1. Strange behavior Hospital staffers interviewed during the investigation said that Mauro was upset after his girlfriend left. He asked for Dilaudid about every hour and grew more agitated each time it was refused. Nurse's Aide was with him continually from about 10 p.m. until shortly after the sheriffs office was called for help. Nurse's Aide said it was obvious Mauro was "off the wall." Nurse's Aide said that it seemed as though there was a lot of drama surrounding Mauro. There were numerous phone calls from his friends and neighbors. On at least two occasions he asked hospital staffers to look for his car in the parking lot. He suspected his girlfriend had stolen it from him. Nurse's Aide said Mauro told "weird" and "whacky" stories that were inappropriate and made the nurse feel uncomfortable. Nurse 1 said that Mauro was very animated, speaking almost incessantly to Nurse's Aide. Nurse 1 said he showed nosigns of inebriation despite having enough medication in him to make a normal person "incredibly wasted." Mauro told Nurse's Aide he killed his three brothers-in-law and had "fought with the cops lots of times." He told Nurse's Aide ' he killed a raccoon by punching it in the face. The deputy responds Deputy Klundby arrived at EPHC alone about I a.m. He was told that Mauro, Who had hepatitis C, had cut himself and that Klundby needed to put on gloves. A nurse briefed Klundby on the situation andMauro's mental state. When the deputy got to the room, he met with Nurse 1 and then tried to talk to Mauro, who was leaning against the door with his left arm out the broken window. Mauro was wrapped in a blanket and had shards of glass in his hand. When Klundby asked Mauro what was going on, he said a nurse stole his drugs and Nurse 1 wouldn't give him drugs. Klundby said he stayed back from the door. 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