American Canyon Police Officer and Suspects Identified in Vallejo shooting
The Napa County Sheriff’s Office has identified the individuals involved in a shooting last week in Vallejo. The incident began when an American Canyon police officer attempted to stop two suspects for a vehicle code violation. The suspects, identified as 18-year-old Demarea Vaughn Rogers III and 18-year-old Jozan Amarion Hill, both of Vallejo, led the officer on a pursuit that ended in Vallejo.
As the chase came to a close near Souza Way and Cronin Drive, Rogers and Hill fled on foot, carrying loaded handguns. Officer Joshua Coleman of the American Canyon Police Department instructed Rogers to drop the weapons, but he only discarded one and continued to run with the other. Officer Coleman then fired two shots, hitting Rogers, who was immediately given medical aid.
Rogers was found with a .40-caliber ghost gun and an unregistered .40-caliber Glock with a high-capacity magazine. Hill, on the other hand, dropped a loaded .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol as he exited the driver’s side of the car. He was apprehended soon after.
Rogers, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, was arraigned while still recovering in the hospital. He is facing charges including carrying a loaded unregistered firearm, possession of a high-capacity magazine, possession of a non-serialized handgun, and resisting a peace officer. His bail has been set at $50,000.
Hill, who is currently in custody at the Napa County Department of Corrections, faces charges including being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, and evading a peace officer. He is scheduled to appear in court on January 25.
Officer Coleman, who has been employed by the Napa County Sheriff’s Office since 2018, has been placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure for all officers involved in a shooting. The Solano County Major Crimes Task Force is conducting an independent investigation into the incident.
The City of American Canyon contracts with the Napa County Sheriff’s Office for police services. The shooting has prompted the activation of Napa County’s protocol for officer-involved shootings, with the Major Crimes Task Force taking charge of the investigation.
This incident serves as a reminder of the risks faced by law enforcement officers in their line of duty and highlights the importance of thorough investigations in such cases.