Monterey County Deputies Identified in Non-Deadly shooting Incident
In a recent non-deadly shooting incident, the Monterey County District Attorney has released the names of the two deputies involved. Sergeant Jon Luther and Deputy Michael Davis were the officers responsible for responding to the call. With 26 years of experience, Luther has been with the sheriff’s office for a considerable amount of time, while Davis has served the organization for 21 years.
The man shot by the deputies has been identified as Coleman Smith, 33, according to jail records. Smith was taken into custody for charges including burglary, attempting to seize a deputy’s gun, and causing harm to an elderly person.
The incident began when deputies received a call around 8:30 a.m. in connection to a criminal investigation at a residence on Strawberry Canyon Road. Upon their arrival, the man barricaded himself inside his home, leading to a period of negotiation. The crisis response team was called to the scene in an attempt to peacefully resolve the situation.
Eventually, the man exited the home, seemingly surrendering peacefully. However, the situation quickly escalated when he began to attack the deputies with a weapon described as “spear-like,” according to Monterey County Sheriff Tina Nieto.
Despite the deputies’ initial use of beanbag rounds, their attempts proved ineffective, and they were forced to resort to using their firearms, resulting in the man being injured. He was promptly transported to the hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.
The shooting has prompted an investigation by the Monterey County District Attorney’s office, due to the deputies resorting to the use of their firearms. The investigation aims to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident and whether the use of force was justified.
This incident highlights the risks faced by law enforcement officers in their line of duty, as well as the challenging situations they often encounter. The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office will continue to cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation to ensure transparency and accountability.
As this story develops, stay tuned for more updates and information regarding this incident.