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.