An illegal immigrant with four ICE detainers was shot to death after he opened fire on a Napa County sheriff’s deputy.
The Napa County Sheriff’s Office posted disturbing video from Deputy Riley Jarecki’s bodycam showing the fatal shooting of Javier Hernandez Morales, a 43-year-old Mexican national deported from the US three times but protected under California’s sanctuary laws.
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Hernandez-Morales had a lengthy criminal history which included weapons violations, driving under the influence, and battery on a peace officer, according to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He was seen in the video footage as Jarecki approached the vehicle during a traffic stop Sunday night.
After initially approaching from the passenger side, the sheriff’s deputy came around to speak to Hernandez-Morales, telling him to “Roll it down,” indicating his window. After a moment he complied but suddenly opened fire on Jarecki who was not injured but retreated to the other side of the vehicle while radioing that shots had been fired.
From the passenger side, the deputy fired a number of rounds, killing the suspect.
“ICE is grateful the deputy involved in this shooting was not harmed during this attack,” the agency said in a statement, according to KGO-TV. “It’s unfortunate that our law enforcement partners and the community are subjected to dangerous consequences because of inflexible state laws that protect criminal aliens.”
“This incident may have been prevented if ICE had been notified about any of the multiple times Hernandez-Morales was released from local custody over the last few years. This is an impactful, scary example of how public safety is affected by laws or policies limiting local law enforcement agencies’ ability to cooperate with ICE,” the statement read.
“This gentleman had multiple aliases, which is part of the complication of the situation. We need to make sure we have all the facts and make sure we have a policy that reflects the safety of our community,” Napa County Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza said, according to KGO-TV.
Napa County officials claimed that they were complying with a 2017 state law, according to KPIX-TV.
“We are in compliance with state law. That is the law of the state of California, and the county intends to comply with state law,” Napa County Supervisor Vallea Ramos said.
“We have to continue to learn from these unfortunate incidents,” Napa County Sheriff John Robertson said. “Once we get all the facts, I think it’s going lead us to really understand the facts more, then make a decision if state law does need to be changed.”
But ICE noted that local law enforcement did not honor any of the four detainers they had issued on Hernandez-Morales.
“After 2011, ICE issued detainers four separate times for Hernandez-Morales following his arrests for local crimes including driving under the influence, battery on a peace officer, selling liquor to a minor and probation violations. None of the four detainers lodged were honored by local jails,” the agency’s statement explained, noting he had been previously deported three times before 2011.
“Hernandez-Morales was removed twice in 2007 and once in 2010,” the statement detailed. “ICE issued three detainers to Napa County Jail; one each in 2014, 2015 and 2016 – none of which were honored. ICE issued a detainer to Sonoma County Jail in 2016 which was not honored.”
Of course, liberals who continue to call for ICE to be abolished choose to overlook the facts.
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) February 21, 2019
When will we hold sanctuary cities/states criminally responsible for negligence? When will the DOJ file Federal charges on every governor, mayor, sheriff, police chief for failing to enforce Federal detention orders?
— randall clark (@randalljclark) February 22, 2019
Undersheriff Crawford credited “divine intervention” with keeping Jarecki from getting shot.
“It’s pretty obvious that he intended to kill her,” Crawford said, according to KPIX-TV. “We are proud of the deputy’s composure and her fight to save her life.”
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