Release Date/Time: 8/1/2013 3:12 AM
Incident: Attempted Burglary, Attempted Murder Of a Police Officer
Report #: 13-071675
Date: Wednesday, 7/31/2013
Time: 9:44 PM
Location: 300 Block of Kings Street
Officers responded to a call from the Kings Thrift Store about an intruder attempting to enter the business through a rear door. This area of the business is enclosed with a chain link fence. The initial Officer arrived and as he was walking to the corner of the building he shined his light on the enclosed side area. The Officer immeditately heard two shots fired very close to his location. The Officer backed away and called for additional cover officers. The store was evacuated and the employees were contacted outside. They confirmed seeing a suspect to the rear, who then tried to enter a door to the business. Our Officers, with the assistance of MCSO Deputies and CHP Officers, established a perimeter and the area was searched. We were unable to locate any suspects.
We did locate several shell casings and bullet strikes in the area where the suspect(s) fired at the Officer. It was clear based on the Officer's observations and the evidence found, that the suspect fired at the Officer. We were unable to locate any suspects. After finishing the search for possible suspects, we were contacted by an employee of a local business, located four businesses from the thrift store on Kings Street. He stated someone had been in the back of his business. An area check was conducted with negative results. At this time, we have no suspect information.
Anyone with information related to the crime or who may have been a witness is encouraged to contact the Salinas Poice Department at (831) 758-7250. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".
Release Authorized by: Eulalio Villegas Jr.
Telephone: (831) 758-7250