District Attorney Releases Facts Concerning Officer Involved Shooting on July 16, 2021

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Salinas, California- Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M. Pacioni today announced
pertinent facts concerning the individual shot by police during an officer involved shooting (OIS),
which occurred on Friday, July 16, 2021, at approximately 8:37 p.m., on Smith Street in Salinas.
The individual, later identified as 19-year-old Gerardo Martinez, died shortly thereafter. Salinas
Police Officer Mario Reyes discharged the fatal round.

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Homicide Investigation

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On 7/19/2021, officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the 500 block of Fremont St at approximately 4:33 AM. Officers found a 25-year-old male victim who had been shot. Officers and paramedics attempted life saving measures but were unsuccessful. The victim was pronounced deceased. Detectives are on scene conducting the investigation, no further information is available at this time.

If anyone has any information related to this incident, you are asked to contact Salinas PD at 831 758-7321 or if you wish to remain anonymous you can call out Tip Line at 831 775-4222

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Officers Involved Shooting

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At approximately 8:00 PM on Friday, July 16th Salinas Police Officers were dispatched to Smith St. on a report of a man with a gun. This investigation resulted in an officer involved shooting. The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the incident as per the protocol of the Salinas Police Department.

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Attempted Homicide Investigation

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On Saturday, 7/3/21 at approximately 10:22 p.m., Salinas Police responded to the 0-100 block of Baja Circle on a report of a victim of a shooting at a large house party. On arrival, they located a juvenile male, 17 years of age, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition.

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Homicide Investigation

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On Saturday, 6/26/21 at approximately 9:40 pm Salinas Police responded to the 1500 block of Tuscany Way on a report of a victim of a shooting. On arrival they located an adult male 23 years of age suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital however he died as a result of his injuries. The identity of the victim is being withheld at this time.

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Attempted Homicide Investigation

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On 5/31/2021 at 10:13 pm, officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation with several gun shots detected in the 900 block of Del Monte Avenue. As officers arrived on scene, two gunshot victims arrived at a local hospital. One male juvenile (17) suffered a gunshot wound to his torso, while a second male juvenile (16) suffered gunshot wounds to his upper torso and extremities. The injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

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Homicide Investigation

On 5/26/21 at 9:42 am Salinas Police Officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of N. Main St. on a report of a victim of a shooting. On arrival they discovered the male victim (54) inside the apartment deceased. Salinas Police Detectives responded to the scene and as the investigation developed the suspect was identified as Giovanni Jimenez (22). At approximately 12:30 pm on 5/26/21 Jimenez was located in Salinas and taken into custody without incident. He was later lodged at the Monterey County Jail charged with the homicide.

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Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation

Agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Salinas Police Department conducted a program called a Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation which targets adults who purchase alcohol for people under 21 years of age. Under the program, a minor (Explorers) under the direct supervision of a peace officer will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol. The minor indicates in some way he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol.

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Californians Encouraged to Buckle Up on Every Trip

This year’s Click it or Ticket campaign is from May 24-June 6. During this time, the Salinas Police Department will actively look for drivers and passengers who are not wearing a seat belt. This includes drivers who do not secure children in child safety seats.

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Grand Jury Releases Findings on Salinas PD Collaborative Reform

The 2020/2021 Monterey County Civil Grand Jury just released its findings after investigating police reform at the Salinas Police Department. The report- Salinas Police Department, from Traditional Policing to Community Policing- delineates findings on the Salinas PD Collaborative Reform Initiative. The Salinas Police Department has worked diligently to address the 110 recommendations.

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