Officer Involved Shooting

Release Date/Time: 3/21/2014 2:07 AM

Incident: Officer Involved Shooting

Date: Friday, 3/21/2014

Time: 2:07 AM

Location: P/L 1488 Constitution Blvd.

Salinas Police Officers responded to the Wing Stop restaurant located at 1488 Constitution Bl. regarding a report of a suspicious person in the parking lot seen with a handgun.  When Officers arrived on scene, they quickly identified and contacted the described suspect with a gun in the parking lot.  As the involved Officers challenged the suspect, the suspect lifted his sweatshirt brandishing a handgun at the officers.  Fearing that the suspect was going to shoot, the involved Officers shot the suspect resulting in the suspect's death at the scene.  Three Salinas Police Officers were involved in this incident and were not injured.   There were no injuries to uninvolved parties who were in the area.

Salinas Police Investigators are looking for additional witnesses or anyone who may have information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7226.   If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

This investigation is currently ongoing and the identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. As in all Officer Involved Shooting Investigations the involved Officers will be on paid administrative leave while the initial investigation is being conducted.

All press relations should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana @ 831-758-7350.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7350