A veteran Santa Rosa police officer died Tuesday of complications caused by the coronavirus, marking the first death from the fast-moving disease in a Sonoma County law enforcement agency.
Detective Marylou Armer was 43 and lived in American Canyon, in Napa County. She had served in the Santa Rosa Police Department for more than 20 years, Santa Rosa Police Chief Ray Navarro said in a statement. She was one of the first employees to test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. “Tragic news out of Santa Rosa today that one of its police officers passed away from COVID-19,” said Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, in a tweet. “Jan and I are thinking of her family, her brothers and sisters on the force and everyone in our community impacted by this news.”