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Christopher Michael Straub biography: 13 things about white supremacist from California

Christopher Michael Straub (©San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office)

Christopher Michael Straub (©San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office)

Christopher Michael Straub was a member of a white supremacist gang in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. He was booked 28 times into jails in different counties throughout California including two incarcerations in state prison.

Straub had a felony warrant for his arrest when he was killed in a shootout with San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Here are 13 more facts about him:


  1. He was born in 1982.
  2. He was a resident of Templeton, San Luis Obispo County. He previously lived in Larkspur Lane in Paso Robles, California.
  3. In 2007, he was convicted for possessing an altered or fictitious check.
  4. In August 2008, he was sentenced in San Luis Obispo County to two years for receiving stolen property and writing checks with insufficient funds.
  5. In June 2009, he was paroled.
  6. In February 2010, he was admitted to state prison after being sentenced to two years for possession of a firearm by a former felon and a one-year enhancement for having a new offense while out on parole.
  7. In March 2011, he was paroled. While on parole, he was sentenced to one year and four months for manufacture, sale and possession of a weapon in San Luis Obispo County.
  8. In March 2012, he returned to prison. In October 2012, he was convicted again in Kern County while in jail. He was sentenced to three more years for a charge of assault by a prisoner with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury.
  9. In April 2014, he was released on parole.
  10. In January 2015, he violated his parole for an unlisted offense and spent 22 days in San Luis Obispo County Jail. In March 2015, he was arrested for theft of more than $400 from an elderly person and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He pleaded no contest to the former while the latter was dismissed. San Luis Obispo County’s Probation Department ordered him to be on mandatory supervision for eight years. His parole was revoked in April 2015, in May 2015 and in July 2015. He was convicted for conspiracy to commit a crime and spent two months in a county jail state prison.
  11. In April 2019, he was charged with possession of a controlled substance. He spent 30 days in jail.
  12. In March 2020, he was arrested for driving on a suspended license. On May 18, 2020, he evaded a law enforcement officer in a vehicle so the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for his arrest in June 2020.
  13. He was a wanted felon suspected of illegally manufacturing weapons parts in his residence. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force was investigating him and a search warrant was scheduled to be served on his home in the afternoon of September 24, 2020. At around 10:00 a.m. that day, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office deputy Richard “Ted” Lehnhoff, born in 1986, recognized him and his car near the Templeton Cemetery. After chasing him into the cemetery, Lehnhoff was joined by another sheriff’s deputy from the Templeton substation. He hid behind shrubbery, fired at the deputies and hit Lehnhoff in the leg. The two deputies returned fire but he was able to run off. Two more deputies arrived. He was eventually shot and pronounced dead at the scene. In addition to the handgun he used to shoot at deputies, four assault rifles, two handguns, one shotgun and one bolt action hunting rifle were found in his car.

(This is a developing story. More details will be added soon.)

3 replies »

    • 1) It was the cops who gave that information to the press.
      2) The story says that Straub was already being investigated. It’s common for the police to withhold details of an ongoing investigation.
      Quoting an article from
      “Sheriff Ian Parkinson said Friday at a news conference. A gang task force was also working on a case against him for illegal gun manufacturing. Parkinson did not give details Friday on Straub’s alleged gang affiliation, saying only that he was a confirmed part of a San Luis Obispo-based white supremacy group that the sheriff declined to name.”


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