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Ripon man won't have to pay for police station upgrades

STOCKTON - A man who shot up the entrance to the Ripon police station during an alcohol-fueled rage will not have to pay for the station’s bullet-proof glass upgrades, a San Joaquin County judge ruled today.

However, Superior Court Judge Terrence Van Oss said he will order Jason Walraven, 37, to pay $8,418 restitution for window repairs, damage to a roundabout and for some police personnel costs.

The judge adjourned the hearing and said it would reconvene at 1:30 p.m. today. He said he would order Walraven to pay more restitution for police costs, likely about $2,000.

Ripon police and the San Joaquin County District attorney had asked for about $13,000 in compensation for officer time. The judge said that was too much.

Police had maintained Walraven should reimburse the city the $98,000 it paid to install bullet-proof windows and a bullet-proof door because those changes were necessary to make dispatchers feel safe again after Walrven’s attack. The upgrades were installed in the new, upgraded police station planned before the shooting but built afterward.

The police station shooting Dec. 2, 2006, capped a violent morning that began when Walrvaven shot at his home on Rose Court about 1 a.m. His wife and 8-year-old daughter fled, and he held police at bay by telling them by phone that he was armed.

With his lights off, he slipped past officers in his car and drove toward the Milgeo Road overpass. He crashed into a roundabout on Wilma Avenue about a block from the police station, then ran there with a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun and a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun.

Walraven dropped the weapons after the shooting.

He spent nearly nine months in jail and then pleaded guilty. Van Oss sentenced him to a year in jail and allowed him to be released on probation with time served.

Walraven worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory at the time of the shooting. He said money problems fueled a depression that led to the shooting, which he has described as a suicide attempt.

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