San Andreas, CA — An investigation has concluded that Calaveras County Deputy Manuel Garcia was justified when he shot and killed an armed man last month.
Garcia and two other deputies were responding to a reported shooting when they found 3 people in a parked car at the Mokelumne Fish Hatchery in San Joaquin County.
San Joaquin County Homicide Supervisor Chuck Schultz says two people ran from the car. 20-year-old Victoriano Gauna Jr. of Lockeford was in the back seat and started pulling a shotgun out of a bag.
Schultz says Garcia told Guana, “Don´t do it. Don´t do it.”
But Guana continued and leveled the gun at the deputies. Garcia responded by shooting Guana three times in the face and upper body.
Schultz reviewed the investigation and says the shooting was justifiable.
The 2 people that ran from the car were Guana´s brother 19-year-old Johnny Gauna and 18-year-old Jamie Lynn Parker both of Lockeford. The two came back to the scene after the shooting and were charged with resisting arrest. Schultz says since they weren´t very major crimes, he´s not sure if the charges will stay.
Written by Vanessa Turner.