Release Date/Time: 10/10/2016 8:45 AM
Incident: 2nd Attempt at suicide by cop.
Report #: 16 10 0473
Date: Sunday, 10/9/2016
Time: 6:55 PM
Location: East Sub Station, N. Sanborn / Del Monte
On October 8, 2016, Roberto Torres Acosta (31), approached a Salinas Police officer and attempted to provoke the officer into shooting him by taking a shooting stance and pointing a cell phone at him simulating a firearm. He was placed on a mental health hold for treatment but he was released just hours later.
On October 9, 2016 at approximately 6:55PM, a different Salinas Police officer was sitting inside his parked patrol car outside the Eastside Police Substation. Roberto Acosta approached the officer, concealed his hand behind his back and took a crouched stance. The officer challenged him at gunpoint and Acosta placed his hand inside his jacket, moving it as if manipulating something while crouching in an aggressive stance and telling the officer to shoot him. Acosta did not heed commands and suddenly drew his hand from his jacket, took a shooting stance, and presented his hands toward the officer as if pointing a firearm. Fortunately, this occurred in a well-lit area because at the last second, the officer saw that Acosta was unarmed. Acosta continued to demand that he be shot. He was taken into custody and placed under arrest. Acosta was booked into County Jail for resisting arrest. Acosta told officers and jail staff that he will continue trying until an officer kills him.
Monterey County Behavioral Health was notified of the latest arrest and a plan is being developed for a long-term solution to this issue.
Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan
Telephone: (831) 758-7250