What Kind of Gun Conflicting Stories Emerge in Vallejo Police Shooting

Alex Emslie, KQED News, July 26, 2014
Official documents trickling into public view present conflicting versions of the fatal Vallejo police shooting in 2012 that left 29-year-old Jeremiah Moore dead. The Solano County District Attorneys Office completed its review of the shooting earlier this month, concluding The input of the officers, as well as civilian witness accounts, together with the crime reports and the dispatch records, clearly indicate that the officer was legally justified in the use of deadly force. It was the third fatal shooting by Vallejo police Officer Sean Kenney over about a five-month period in 2012. The district attorney has now found that two of those shootings were lawful. The third case remains under review.Criminal justice experts say the district attorneys findings are not a surprise. They note that prosecutions for on-duty shootings by police are rare. Those prosecutors rely on law enforcement to make their cases, said Jim Fisher, a former FBI agent and criminal justice professor emeritus at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. They cant antagonize them. ... Oakland civil rights law firm Haddad & Sherwin is representing Moores parents in a wrongful death lawsuit against Vallejo. Attorney Michael Haddad says, The elected DA wont bring criminal charges in a very suspicious shooting, but Jeremiah Moores parents are acting as private attorneys general on behalf of themselves and the public to make sure that justice is done. ... In a statement released the day of the shooting, police said a naked Moore had placed the barrel of a rifle directly against an officers stomach as police approached the open doorway of the house, after they had commanded Jessie to get on the ground and show his hands. Another officer saw this and fearing for his life and the life of his fellow officer, immediately discharged his firearm at the man with the rifle, the release says. But about the same time that release was being drafted, sometime after 753 a.m. on Oct. 21, 2012, Vallejo Police Department evidence technician Stephanie Boursaw was telling the coroner that Moore had pointed a handgun at officers, not a rifle. No handgun was recovered. Obviously there was some great un-clarity among the Police Department after the shooting on issues that should have been really clear if they were true, Haddad said. ... Some details of the shooting remain obscure, including any forensic analysis presumably conducted on the rifle to check for Moores fingerprints. Haddad says that level of detail will be included in the pending civil trial, and it may or may not be made public.

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