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"The outcome is certainly more important than some other timeframe," he said.

Ravitch has consistently said she would not be rushed in her review of the incident, though she has promised to be clear and transparent with whatever decision she does make.

"When the review is complete the public will be aware of what the decision is and the reason for the decision," she said Wednesday.

After the shooting, Gelhaus was placed on administrative leave but subsequently returned to desk duty after being cleared by a preliminary sheriff's office investigation.He has not commented publicly on the incident.

Local activists who have been protesting the shooting reacted to Ravitch's comments Wednesday with frustration.

"On behalf of the Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez, we're extremely disappointed that the public has not been informed of the so-called results and finding of the 'tremendous amount of time and effort' allegedly devoted to the investigation," said Jonathan Melrod, a local attorney and active member of the coalition.

Melrod said the results of the report should be made public and that Ravitch should not delay her findings.

"If the investigation is thorough, we expect that the district attorney will have no cause to prolong the 90-day period in which it is advised that she issue her findings regarding criminal liability," he said. "All along, the public has feared a whitewash and an opaque investigation. Failure to release the results of the investigation only confirm our worst fears."

In California, police records generally are confidential and law enforcement is under no legal obligation to release them.

Melrod said the Andy Lopez coalition will continue to "mount a justice offensive demanding that she indict Deputy Gelhaus."

Although Santa Rosa police declined to discuss the report, Lt. Paul Henry said the department would continue the investigation should Ravitch ask for additional information.

He also said police are asking any additional witnesses or others with information to come forward.

"We've talked with everyone we've been able to identify so far," he said, though there may be others with relevant information.

Ravitch said she would indeed ask for more information if she finds the report, written with the assistance of officers from the Petaluma police, incomplete.

"We're going into this with a completely open mind," she said. "If we find we need to do additional investigation, we will."

Staff Writers Paul Payne and Mary Callahan contributed to this report. You can reach Staff Writer Sean Scully at 521-5313 or sean.scully@pressdemocrat.com and Staff Writer Martin Espinoza at 521-5213 or martin.espinoza@pressdemocrat.com.