A Napa County Sheriff’s deputy is uninjured after a roadside traffic stop turned into an attempted murder. Graphic footage from Napa County Sheriff’s Deputy Riley Jarecki’s body camera shows the Feb. 17 interaction, above, with the driver, Javier Hernandez Morales, pulling a firearm and attempting to hit the law enforcement officer at about the 36-second mark.
“Roll down the window,” Jarecki is heard to say as Hernandez Morales appears to look puzzled. As the window starts rolling down, a muzzle flash from his right-hand side can be seen, to which the deputy reacts by moving back to the unoccupied passenger’s side of the car, returning fire. Hernandez Morales died at the scene.
According to KPIX CBS SF Bay Area, the Mexican national was in the country illegally and had been deported at least three previous times prior to 2011. A man with a violent criminal history, he had previously been arrested for driving under the influence, battery on a peace officer, and probation violations. Immigration officials in recent years have issued four detainers for Hernandez Morales after arrests by local jails, which were not honored, and he was subsequently released.
“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,” the agency said in a statement, blasting California’s sanctuary laws. “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.”