SACRAMENTO—Authorities reported Monday, January 16 that an off-duty Contra Costa County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested and later fired for shooting a handgun outside a party in Sacramento.
Kyle Rowland, 23, of Sacramento recently started his new job as a sheriff’s deputy in Contra Costa County. On January 12, Rowland was at a small gathering in downtown Sacramento. Sacramento authorities reported Rowland left the gathering after a possible dispute. He later returned to the party with a handgun.
According to reports, officers suspect a confrontation of some sort took place between Rowland and others attending the party. Rowland allegedly fired his handgun during the confrontation.
The Sacramento Police Department responded to reports of a man with a gun around 1:58 a.m. on January 13. When they arrived, police found Rowland restrained by a fellow citizen. Two firearms were recovered at the scene. Rowland had been sheriff’s deputy since October 2016.
The Sacramento Bee reported Rowland as a blues musician who plays the harmonica and sings for the Kyle Rowland Blues Band. He has played at the Sacramento Music Festival and the Woodbridge Winery for the Reds, Whites, and Blues Festival, along with other events.
He won the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame award for Blues New Artist of the Year in 2009 and Best Blues Harmonica.
Rowland was arrested on charges of attempted murder and is being held at Sacramento County Main Jail. His arraignment is scheduled at Sacramento County Superior Court on Tuesday, January 17.