Skip to comments.Salinas police fire guns during traffic stop.
Posted on 02/05/2009 11:36:55 AM PST by atomic_dog
wo Salinas police officers fired their guns about 11:30p.m. Tuesday after stopping a vehicle near North Sanborn Road and Freedom Parkway, police said.
The officers fired several shots after they "perceived a threat" when contacting the driver and passenger, police said.
No one was hit and no arrests were made. Both officers were placed on paid administrative leave according to department policy.
Cmdr. Dino Bardoni, who leads the department's investigations division, was not available to comment Wednesday.
Cmdr. Al Ruiz, appointed to answer questions in Bardoni's absence, said more information could be released today.
"We are still investigating," he said.
Ruiz said the driver and passenger in the Ford Expedition that was stopped were interviewed and released.
Police said their investigation will be submitted to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office for review when completed.
Tuesday's incident is the second in Salinas this year in which an officer has fired his weapon.
Jesse Pinon, a Monterey County sheriff's deputy assigned to the county gang task force, shot Carlos Fletes, 28, in the hand and stomach Jan. 15.
The Monterey County Sheriff's Office is investigating that shooting.
‘No one was hit and no arrests were made.’
The lawsuits involved in this will be fun to keep track of.
Both the driver and passenger were treated for soiled underwear.
That is the biggest lie I have heard in several days. Since the man and woman were not armed why is the hell do these idiots act like the Nazi SS or Communist KGB. Put them in jail.
Was the dog hit?
Hey! I gots me a cousin that named Cletes Farlos! Small world, ain't it.
What we need is someone to make a T-shirt that says “I Survived A Police Traffic Stop” - but then, they’ll liable to shoot your for wearing it or just arrest you for taunting ....
Hardly. The only fact that can possibly explain (but not excuse) the trigger happy cops is that Salinas is a war zone. Check out the shooting map for last year. Per capita it is the most dangerous city in California and nationally it's giving Detroit a run for the money.The city is overrun with gang bangers, illegals and drugs. The mayor responds to all this by asking the citizens to "Fast for Peace" to end the violence. Meanwhile the local idiot in Congress, Sam Farr (D CA-17), with an ACU rating of 4 (as opposed to Nancy Pelosi who is an 8, lower = more liberal) thinks the way to cure it is to have the Naval Postgraduate School do a study on it. This is insanity. My wife did marketing services at supermarkets there. One day just after she left one it was the victim of a takeover robbery - which are going on all over Salinas unimpeded by law enforcement. I got her to quit but she still won't move out of California.