Press Releases

Officer Involved Shooting

On 05-20-14 at 12:14pm Officers responded to a 911 call from a resident living on Elkington Ave. regarding a man trying to break into a home and threatening to kill the victim.   Initial information provided by the victim was a man armed with scissors had entered the victim's home and was making threats. It was also reported that the suspect tried to kill the victim's dog and had exposed his genitals in a sexually explicit manner and made sexually explicit and suggestive comments.  Witnesses verified the victim's account of what had occurred.

When Officers arrived on scene, they identified the suspect who was walking on Elkington Ave.  As they tried to contact the suspect, they noted that he had a large pair of gardening shears protruding from his backpack.   Despite numerous orders to stop and get down on the ground, the suspect failed to comply and continued to ignore simple commands.  At one point one Officer tried to use his taser on the suspect but it was ineffective.  The suspect continued to walk away.  These actions were observed by and reported to investigators by independent witnesses.

As the suspect continued to ignore the orders of the officers, the suspect retrieved the gardening shears from his backpack.  In an aggressive fashion, the suspect swung the gardening shears at the officers who were standing in close proximity and in danger of being stabbed or slashed. In response to this threat, two officers fired their weapons at the suspect.  Emergency medical services arrived shortly after the shooting and pronounced the suspect dead at the scene. 

The involved Officers have been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues. The suspect's name is being withheld pending notification of family.

The Salinas Police Department is well aware of the concerns raised by the community in regards to this and other officer-involved shootings.  We take the investigation of any act causing loss of life to be one of our most important responsibilities.  We ask the community to be patient and remain calm until enough facts are known so that a conclusion as to the appropriateness of the officers' actions can be determined. At this time evidence is being collected, video evidence is being evaluated, interviews are being conducted and a thorough investigation is underway.  Further information will be provided to the public as the investigation proceeds.

All media contacts should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana at 831-758-7350

Those who may have witnessed this incident, and who have not already spoken to police, are urged to contact Detective Currier or Detective Poulin of the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau at (831) 758-7125 or (831) 758-7270.  Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 5/18/2014 3:12 AM

Incident: Attempted Homicide

Report #: 14-050885

Date: Saturday, 5/17/2014

Time: 11:29 PM

Location: P/L of 1138 Pacific Ave.

Officers responed to a victim of a shooting.  They found Yoni Zavala Medina (32)  in the carport.  He was unconscious and suffering from multiple gunshots. Medina was with several friends and relatives, eating and drinking beer while listening to music. The group was approached by two hispanic males who each produced a handgun and began shooting and striking only Medina. Medina was initially transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was stabilized and then flown to a bay area hospital where his condition is critical.  It is unknown if the motivation for the shooting is gang related. 

The Salinas Police Department is asking that anyone who may have information in reference to this shooting to please call Detective Roman at 758-7913. 

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 5/17/2014 12:43 AM

Incident: Attempted Homicide

Report #: 14-050845

Date: Friday, 5/16/2014

Time: 11:20 PM

Location: 1100 block of Cortez

Officers responded to a report of shots fired into a house at the above address. A group of 10-12 males and females were in front of the house when a HM in his 20's walked up to the group with a simi-auto gun in his hand. The suspect pointed it at the crowd and fired, but the gun misfired. The suspect racked a live round out and aimed back at the crowd and shot 1 round, missing everyone. He attempted to fire again, but had another misfire. The group ran into the house, followed by the suspect, who was attempting to shoot them. The suspect chased the group into a back room until they were all stuck in a corner. The suspect pointed his gun into the middle of them and pulled the trigger – another misfire. He racked another live round out of the gun, leveled it and began pulling the trigger - nothing but misfires. The suspect then ran out of the house and into a white Honda type car, which fled toward Mae. Nobody in the group was injured. Several live rounds were recovered and one spent casing. A BOL was placed.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Press Conference Notification--Re: Officer Involved Shooting (5-09-14)

Press Conference Notification:

A press conference in regards to a recent officer involved shooting that took place on May 9, 2014 will be held on Thursday May 15th at 11:00 am in the City of Salinas Rotunda.

This press conference is not open to the public and only for authorized personnel and credentialed press personnel.  Please have your press credentials visible when you arrive.

Armed Robbery - Business with a Shot Fired

Release Date/Time: 5/14/2014 12:52 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business with a Shot Fired

Report #: 14-050653

Date: Tuesday, 5/13/2014

Time: 10:55 PM

Location: Holaday Street and East Alisal Street

Two suspects; both Hispanic males in their 20's, 5-8, with black colored handguns approached the front of the El Volcan Taco Truck and demanded money from the workers and patrons. One of the workers gave one of the suspects an undetermined amount of money. The worker slapped the gun away and one shot was fired. The round struck the countertop inside of the taco truck. No one was injured. The suspects fled to an awaiting vehicle of which there are conflicting descriptions.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Police Recruitment Orientation

City of Salinas

Police Orientation

The Police Department will be conducting an informative orientation for individuals who are interested in becoming Salinas Police Officers.  The orientation will allow you an opportunity to learn about the recruitment and hiring process.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

City Hall, Rotunda

200 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 758-7254

For current employment announcement view job flyer at

Officer Involved Shooting--UPDATE-- Incident 05-09-14

This press release is an update to the Officer Involved Shooting that took place on May 9, 2014 at 7:22pm:

This investigation is still active and ongoing.  At this time, investigators are interviewing the involved officers and several witnesses who directly witnessed the incident.  As in all investigations a clear understanding of the facts pertaining to this case are being gathered.  As facts and circumstances develop appropriate notifications will be made to the media.  

The deceased has been identified as Osman Hernandez (26).   Hernandez has no arrest history in the City of Salinas.

Officer Involved Shooting

On May 9, 2014 at approximately 7:20 pm Salinas Police officers responded to the parking lot of 880 East Alisal Street regarding a man seen waving a knife and acting erratically .  Prior to officers arriving on scene, 911 communications center received several calls from different people reporting a man chasing people in the area and waving a large knife.   One witness who called 911 reported that the man with the knife was attacking people. 

When Officers arrived, they contacted the described suspect and quickly realized that he was not going to comply with simple commands based upon his behavior.  When it became apparent to the officers they were not going to get any cooperation from this individual they tried to subdue him with a taser.   While Officers were trying to apply handcuffs to the suspect, he pulled up his shirt clearly exposing a large knife that was tucked into the area of his waistband.  Quickly, the suspect grabbed the knife and pulled it out towards the officers who were in close proximity to him while attempting to restrain him.   At this time, two of the involved officers fired their service weapons at the suspect fearing that they were going to be stabbed.  The suspect died at the scene.

As it is common in any officer involved incident of this nature, the two officers involved in this shooting will be placed on routine administrative leave during the initial stages of the investigation.  The suspect identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. This is an active and ongoing investigation that will last for several weeks.  There will be no updates to this press release through the weekend.  All press related matters should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana at 831-758-7350.

Those who may have witnessed this incident, and who have not already spoken to police, are urged to contact Detective Roman or Detective Schwener of the Salina Police Department Investigations Bureau at (831) 758-7913 or (831) 758-7276.  Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Children's Exposure to Violence Educational Campaign

Children Exposed to Violence:  Salinas Police Commander Sheldon Bryan co-chairs the Prevention Sub-Committee of CASP ( The Community Alliance for Safety and Peace). For the past several months, the Prevention Sub-Committee has been working on an educational media campaign designed to limit children's exposure to violence. This campaign originated from discussions of seeing parents bringing their children to crime scenes and viewing the aftermath of violent incidents. The Sub-Committee coordinated with experts in child development, behavioral health and marketing to develop a handout card that can be distributed to SPD Officers to carry in their uniform pockets. They are designed to be given out to parents when officers notice that a child is being exposed to violence such as at crime scene perimeters, at domestic violence calls, accident scenes, et cetera. This is a 'grassroots” effort to help educate the community on the impact of violence in children, and to connect parents to educational and mental health resources.


The small card contains an abundance of important information. There is a phone number that rings directly to Monterey County Behavioral Health and there is a link to a website that provides additional resources to the families. It is printed in English and Spanish.


For more information about CASP, please visit the website at or for information regarding children's exposure to violence, please visit

Pursuit / Wanted subject arrest

Release Date/Time: 5/8/2014 11:45 PM

Incident: Pursuit / Wanted subject arrest

Report #: 14-050409

Date: Thursday, 5/8/2014

Time: 7:27 PM

Location: 1600 block Stonybrook

An undercover officer observed Guadalupe Ramirez (34) driving a vehicle at N. Main St / Alvin Dr.  Ramirez had warrants for his arrest totaling $1,350,000 for gun, drug sales and gang enhancements.  Officers attempted to pull Ramirez over and a vehicle pursuit was initiated.  Ramirez lost control of his vehicle and collided with a curb disabling his vehicle.  Ramirez fled on foot and was taken into custody after a short struggle with officers.  He was booked in county jail for his warrants and new felony charges as a result of the vehicle pursuit.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250