first published on February 22, 2019 by Will
Body cam footage has been released by the Napa County Sheriff’s Department showing an officer involved shooting in which an officer narrowly dodges a bullet and returns fire, killing the suspect.
Sheriff’s Deputy Riley Jarecki was on duty on February 17, 2019 when she saw a person sitting inside a vehicle parked along a rural roadway late at night. She approached with caution to investigate the scene and offer assistance of needed.
As she approaches the vehicle she confronts the suspect, Javier Hernandez-Morales, who is acting suspiciously as the video shows. Jarecki tells Hernandez-Morales not to move so she can make an assessment of the vehicle and ensure there are no weapons in plain sight.
As she nears the driver’s side door, she repeatedly tells Morales to roll down the window, and he initially fails to comply. Eventually, he rolls the window down and immediately produces a pistol and fires at the officer.
In an incredibly calm manner, Deputy Jarecki puts distance and cover between herself and the suspect as she radios the situation back to base. Simultaneously, she draws her service weapon as she steps to the passenger side and engages Hernandez-Morales with several rounds. The suspect dies at the scene.
Jarecki is third-generation law enforcement. Her father is also currently a member of the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.
Hernandez-Morales, 43, had an extensive criminal history with arrests for weapons violations, driving under the influence and assaulting a peace officer. Morales wasn’t legally allowed to possess a firearm, and the weapon he attempted to murder Jarecki with had been stolen.