Pathway Home Shooting: Transcript of Radio Dispatch Recording

by Scott Creighton

Someone named ‘annie theecherokeerose’ left me a comment on my YT video on this subject yesterday. She linked me to an article from the Chicago Tribune which read, in part:

A Napa Valley Sheriff deputy arrived before 10:30 a.m. local time and exchanged gunfire with Wong. “Many bullets were fired,” Sheriff John Robertson said in a briefing Friday, which authorities believed forced Wong into a single room at the Pathway facility with three women: Christine Loeber, 48; Jennifer Golick, 42; and Jennifer Gonzales, 29.

And then nothing. Teams of federal, state and local law enforcement officials and hostage negotiators from three agencies had been unable to make contact with Wong through his cellphone or the captives at the Pathway Home, the red-tiled stucco live-in residency on the sprawling campus of the Veterans Home of California, the largest of its kind in the country.

There is zero knowledge about what was going on inside,” California Highway Patrol spokesman Robert Nacke told The Post. “Everything was isolated to one room.”

A team of police stormed the room at about 6 p.m. local time to find the bodies of the three women and the gunman. The AP reported Gonzales was seven months pregnant and was traveling to Washington, D.C., this weekend to celebrate her one-year wedding anniversary.

So according to the Chicago Tribune, the gunfire forced the suspect Wong back into a room with the three hostages and then nothing followed after that. No gunshots recorded by authorities inside the room during the 8-hour “standoff”

This version of events contradicts those who say he was in the room and exchanging gunfire with authorities and at sometime during the end of that exchange, he shot the hostages and himself.

On the CT website, they also included a recording of the dispatcher’s relay with the deputies at the scene. It is difficult to understand at times but I put together a transcript of their radio communication:

Dispatch: Possible shooting at the (garbled) 140 California Dr (?)
Deputy: Code 3 (garbled)
Dispatch: Copy 51(garbled) its a possible active shooter… subject with a rifle holding 3 people hostage at the Pathway House.
Deputy: NAPA PD X-10 go ahead an go (garbled) X-22 and (garbled)
Dispatch: looks like it’s Madison building, section G. Has a semi-automatic with a lot of ammo. he’s just let three hostages go. we are still getting further
Dispatch: 10-4 subject matching description is at Madison Hall Building G The Pathway House.
Deputy: Subject is going to be on the second story
Deputy: No shot have been fired yet.
Dispatch: Copy. Subject on second story. no shots fired yet. and responsible wearing all black.
Deputy: going left or right when coming in driveway?
2nd Deputy: Going right
Dispatch: Be advised he does still have three people inside.
Dispatch: units be advised… he does have a stash of bullets around his neck. and no lock on the door of Building G
Deputy: Have (garbled) come around right side of (garbled)
2nd Deputy: X-4 we have a (garbled) of officers going through the north side.
Deputy: (yelling) shots fired shot…
(there are 4 static broadcasts in varying lengths which indicate a deputy tried to hit his mic button but was unable to hold it down long enough to communicate what is happening)
Dispatch: I’m getting static only
Deputy: there are shots fired need to (garbled)
Dispatch: Copy. Shots fired

This recording does not seem to confirm one way or another whether or not the deputy made entry into the room where the bodies were found.

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