A man pulled over for a traffic stop, rolled his window down, drew a handgun and opened fire on cops before being fatally shot by a deputy, graphic video released Wednesday by a sheriff’s department in Northern California shows.
The Napa County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post the incident happened around 11 p.m. on Sunday along a rural road near Napa.
“It’s graphic, it’s brutal, it’s sudden,” Napa County Undersheriff Jon Crawford said at a news conference.
Napa County Sheriff’s Deputy Riley Jarecki was on patrol when she came across 43-year-old Javier Hernandez Morales sitting in the parked car she deemed suspiciously parked. Jarecki then proceeded to walk over to the other side of the vehicle and ask Morales to roll down the window.
In the video, Morales compiles but then appears to fire at least one shot at Jarecki and misses. Jarecki radios for help, retreats to the car’s passenger side and returns fire, unloading her weapon and killing Morales in a hail of bullets.
Officials said in addition to the handgun he fired at the officer, Morales had a loaded .22-caliber rifle in the car.
“We are extremely proud of her, she did a great job, her dad’s very proud of her,” Napa County Sheriff John Robertson told KTVU.