Family tries to put lives back together
April 4, 2005
Broken glass littered the floor of the double-wide mobile home where 27-year-old Joshua Able Petri spent his last moments.
A fan blowing in the back of the home cleared the last hints of tear gas from the back rooms. Most of the windows had large holes left when officers fired tear gas or percussion grenades. A jagged ring of glass was all that remained of the sliding glass door.
Family members witnessed much of the events that led up to Petri’s death when he opened fire on deputies early Saturday morning.
Petri’s mother, father and brother were at the home at 1326 Kingslane Court when they were awakened about 4 a.m.
Don Petri questioned the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s handling of the incident that led up to the death of his son as he stood in his home.
“This place is unlivable,” he said as he showed reporters around.
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Family knick knacks were damaged during the incident, including German beer steins given to Petri’s ex-wife Patty Munyer by her father.
Don and his brother from California were working on the house on Monday in an effort to put it back together. He, Jason Petri and Munyer were living in a motel after the Saturday incident, but they would probably not be there long.
Substantial damage was done to the double wide mobile home during the incident.
“They totally destroyed our home,” Jason said. “Every window is gone. They really tossed the place.”
Both Jason and Don Petri said that when the family was taken to the Sheriff’s Office in Minden where they signed a waiver allowing deputies to remove Joshua’s body from the house, they were promised that officers would just go in and get Joshua.
Jason Petri said his brother had just gotten a new job and purchased a truck he was working to fix up.
“He wasn’t suicidal at all,” Jason Petri said.
The family has lived in Gardnerville for about 11 years.
Both Jason and Don said Joshua had problems with the law.
“He had a couple of DUIs,” Jason said. “He and I are long-haired type of guys and the cops like to bully guys like us. They know his car and every weekend they would pull him over. After he got his DUI, he quit drinking, but they’ve been beating him down. I can’t say I totally blame them, but part of the blame lands in their lap for what they’ve done to this man.”
Chief among the family’s questions about the incident is how Joshua managed to do everything he did while handcuffed.