Mariposa County deputy reportedly ambushed while serving search warrant
Photos: Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office
A Mariposa man accused of ambushing a deputy during the service of a restraining order has been arrested.
On the night of August 28, a deputy attempted to serve an out-of-state restraining order on the 4000 block of Dawn Road when Douglas Popke (69) allegedly ambushed him with a rifle. The deputy returned fire, striking Popke at least once.
Popke initially fled the area, prompting authorities to issue a temporary shelter-in-place order.
However, Popke was located and taken into custody by the end of the night. The Sheriff’s Department has since released video of the incident.