Christopher Michael Straub
Christopher Michael Straub was a White supremacist gang member who was allegedly shot and killed in a shootout on Thursday with deputies in Templeton, California, according to a San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office news release Friday.
Straub had a long history of criminal allegations in San Luis Obispo County, local court records show, including a prison term for manufacturing a weapon as a felon.
The 38-year-old also was given more time for an assault he allegedly committed while in prison, records show.
Christopher Michael Straub BUSTED During Shootout
The shootout occurred Thursday morning when deputies at first tried to conduct a traffic stop on Straub near the Templeton Cemetery. But he got out of his vehicle and ran through the vineyards of the cemetery.
Straub then reportedly hid and ambushed the deputies, firing several times at them with a handgun. According to a report, Deputy Richard “Ted” Lehnhoff, 34, was hit in the leg and airlifted to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery. He is now in stable condition.
Straub continued evading deputies and attempted to return to his vehicle through the vineyard, but additional deputies arrived on the scene and intercepted him as he tried to regain access to his vehicle.
Later, he was announced dead at the moment, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Christopher Michael Straub Under Investigation
County Sheriff Ian Parkinson claimed on Friday that Straub was a member of a white supremacist gang. In San Luis Obispo Superior Court records, he listed an address on Larkspur Lane in residential Paso Robles.
After the incident, authorities found multiple weapons in Straub’s vehicle, including four assault-style rifles, one bolt-action hunting rifle, one shotgun, and two handguns along with the handgun he used.
They search Straub’s residence and discovered that he illegally manufacturing weapons parts.
In 2007, he was charged for possessing an altered or fictitious check, his local criminal history revealed.
Straub was sentenced in San Luis Obispo County in August 2008 to two years for receiving stolen property and writing checks with insufficient funds. He was paroled in June 2009.
While out on parole, Straub was again sentenced in February 2010 to two years for possession of a firearm by an ex-felon and a one-year enhancement for having a new offense while out on parole.
He was admitted to state prison in February 2010 and paroled in March 2011.
While on parole, Straub was sentenced to one year, four months for manufacture, sale, and possession of a weapon in San Luis Obispo County. He returned to prison in March 2012.
While imprisoned, Straub was convicted again in Kern County to serve three more years for a charge of assault by a prisoner with a deadly weapon in October 2020.
Straub was released on parole in April 2014.
In January 2015, Straub violated his parole for an unlisted offense and spent 22 days in jail.
In March 2015, he was, again, arrested for theft of more than $400 from an elderly person. Straub was ordered to be on mandatory supervision by the county Probation Department for eight years.
He would be arrested three more times in the next three months.
Straub was again convicted in April 2019 of a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance, for which he served another 30 days in jail, local records show.
Straub was arrested for driving on a suspended license in March 2020 and spent no time in jail.