Fugitive Takes His Life During Police Standoff

Grover Beach, CA — Over the last three days the Grover Beach Police Department, with the assistance of the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office and the United States Marshals Service, conducted an extensive investigation into the whereabouts of William R. Forgey. The investigation, which covered several areas on the Central Coast and Northern California, culminated when Forgey returned to Grover Beach and illegally entered the original crime scene.  

The 46-year-old Forgey from Roseville, Calif., was being sought in connection with the shooting of a woman in a residence on the 800 block of Mentone Ave Grover Beach this past week.  The woman is in a hospital and is expected to recover.

Officials from the Grover Beach Police Department, Pismo Beach Police Department, Arroyo Grande Police Department, California Highway Patrol, San Luis Obispo County Probation Department, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Marshals Service established a perimeter around the residence and tried to convince Forgey to surrender.  Officers were able to determine Forgey was still armed with a firearm and was refusing to cooperate.

The San Luis Obispo County Regional SWAT Team was activated and responded to the scene.  Evacuations of several neighboring residents were conducted during the SWAT operation.  At approximately 2:30 this morning, SWAT officers were able to determine that Forgey was deceased inside the residence as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The scene was turned over to the San Luis Obispo County Coroner’s Office for investigation.  No residents or officers were injured during the SWAT operation.