Rancho Santa Fe CA— This morning, December, 3, 2016, shortly before 5:30 a.m. deputies from the Sheriff’s North Coastal Station responded to a report of a person yelling and the sounds of items breaking in front of 6012 Paseo Delicias in the community of Rancho Santa Fe. When deputies arrived a few minutes later, they were confronted by a white male adult, identified as Edward Ray Nett, age 50, who was standing in front of one of the apartments at that address and brandishing a knife.
Nett yelled at deputies that he was going to stab them. In an attempt to take the him into custody with the minimum amount of force, deputies launched pepper balls at Nett and deployed Sheriff’s K-9 “Banjer.” However, the pepper balls had no effect and the suspect stabbed “Banjer” under the left eye. Deputies recovered “Banjer” and he was rushed to a local animal hospital for emergency surgery. “Banjer’s” surgery went well. He is now resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery.
Nett then broke into a nearby apartment where he confronted the resident and held them at knife point for a short time. The resident was able to break free of the suspect, run into the bathroom and lock the door. Nett then yelled to deputies, who were outside, that he had just “slit the throat” of the victim. As deputies prepared to enter the apartment to rescue the victim, the suspect stepped outside and again confronted the deputies with the knife. One of the deputies fired approximately four times, striking the Nett in the torso.
Deputies took Nett into custody and began to render first aid until paramedics could arrive. The Nett was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his wounds. His condition is unknown at this time and his identity has not yet been confirmed. The resident of the apartment was found unhurt, inside the bathroom.
At the time of the shooting, Nett was on active parole for violently resisting law enforcement officers in 2015. Nett is expected to recover from the injuries he sustained today. Once Nett is able to be released from the hospital, he will be booked into jail on multiple felony charges.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.