A San Francisco man who was shot by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy last week after an alleged drug-fueled, violent rampage was arraigned on several assault and attempted murder charges in the hospital Thursday, according to court records.
Betai Koffi remains at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where he is recovering from gunshot wounds. Judge Robert LaForge, from the Sonoma County Superior Court, presided over the arraignment in the hospital attended by the court reporter, district attorney, court clerk and defense attorney Stephen Gallenson.
Koffi, 32, was charged with five counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault on an officer and one count of carjacking, according to court records. His bail was set at $2.35 million.
He awoke from a coma this week and was awake for the hearing, Gallenson said. “How much he was able to take in, I don’t know yet,” he said.
Koffi suffered damage on the right side of his brain where a bullet struck and is paralyzed on the left side of his body, his attorney said. He still has bullet fragments in his brain and rehabilitation could take months.
“It’s an incredibly sad situation,” Gallenson said. “From everyone’s account, he was a great young man with a promising future. This has changed his life for the rest of his life.”
He apparently ingested LSD while celebrating the July 4 holiday with five friends at a rental home in Bodega Bay and became delusional shortly after, Sonoma County officials said. When Koffi’s friends tried to stop him from leaving the home Thursday evening, he punched a woman twice, stabbed a man with a pencil, choked another man and punched a third man in the face, authorities said.
After getting into his rental car, Koffi allegedly hit a parked car and then drove toward another person before crashing into the home’s garage. Koffi stabbed a security guard with a landscape light, stole the guard’s truck and then hit two pedestrians, officials said.
A sheriff’s deputy and California Highway Patrol officer responded to the scene, and Koffi allegedly drove the security truck toward the officers, crashing into the CHP patrol car. Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy Jason Pasero fired several shots at Koffi, striking him three times, authorities said. Koffi was airlifted to the hospital.
Koffi is identified as a software engineer for YouTube on his Linkedin profile. He previously worked for Microsoft and holds a master’s degree from Stanford University. He’s a native of the Los Angeles area, according to his Facebook profile.
A plea hearing is set for August 14.