Kyle Rowland booking photo
SACRAMENTO — A Sacramento musician was arrested on Friday, January 13, 2017, and charged with five counts of attempted murder.
Kyle Rowland, 23, a prominent blues musician who sings and plays harmonica for the Kyle Rowland Blues Band, was arrested for firing a gun at a downtown Sacramento house party at approximately 2:00 a.m. in the 1100 block of G Street.
Sacramento Police Department Spokesman Matthew McPhail said Rowland left the party, only to return a short time later with two guns. Only one gun had been fired and no one was injured.
Rowland was working as a sheriff’s deputy at the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office, but was dismissed after his arrest. The Sheriff’s Department said Rowland joined as a deputy last October and was on probationary status.
Roland’s band has played at the Sacramento Music Festival and the Woodbridge Winery for the Reds, Whites and Blues Festival, in addition to many other events. Rowland won the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame award in 2009 for Best Blues Harmonica and Blues New Artist.
Sacramento Blues Society newsletter editor Jan Kelley said Roland is well loved in the local music community.
“This is quite a shock. He is a young guy that we have all seen grow up. We were so proud of him for being a deputy.”