Merced Attorney new details, Dos Palos officer shot and killed by Merced PD officer

According to the District Attorneys office, the investigation into the officer involved shooting incident that took place on February 12, 2019 in the City of Merced involving Dos Palos Police officer Johnny Carnell Mathis is complete.

Based on an assessment of the evidence, including the statements of the parties involved, the video, audio, written records, autopsy, toxicology reports, the crime scene documentation and all evidence obtained during the investigation.

Merced Police Department Officer Nate McKinnon was the public officer engaged in the duties of his position on the evening of February 12, 2019, the day of Officer Mathis was shot and killed.

Officer McKinnon acted against the actual resistance of Johnny and to protect the safety and lives of himself, the residents of the home at 1891 Lopes Avenue, his fellow officers, and nearby citizens.

The shooting death of Mr Mathis was necessary to overcome his resistance to the officer and to protect the safety of others.

Officer McKinnon had probable cause to believe that Mathis posed a threat of death or great bodily injury to himself and others, McKinnon sustained fear of Mathis after he ignored the instructions of a deputy Sheriff and left the scene of an investigation.

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2 thoughts on “Merced Attorney new details, Dos Palos officer shot and killed by Merced PD officer

  1. Why do police shoot to kill? Can’t they shoot to disable instead? Disable the threat, save a life, especially those suffering mental issues.

  2. Officers do not shoot to kill,but when there is an armed threat such as was present in this case,and deadly force is required they shoot to stop the threat.
    If the officer shot to wound the suspect,he is still a threat to the officer ,the family,and bystanders.It is an untrue fact that in this type of case the use of tasers,pepper spray or batons are used because of the situation and the willingness of the suspect to fire on the officers.

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