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El Cajon, California – Supplemental information to Officer Involved Shooting

By admin • Mar 31st, 2009 • Category: News

DISCLAIMER - Any Charges Reported in these Press Releases are Merely Accusations and the Defendants are Presumed Innocent Unless and Until Proven Guilty.

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RESUME OF INCIDENT: On March 27, 2009, El Cajon Police responded to several reports of a male individual, recently identified as Jeromiah Paul Davis, running in the area of Chase Avenue and Avocado Ave., brandishing a knife.

The first person on scene, 19 year veteran Officer John Hays, observed Davis running southbound on Avocado near Horizon Hills, carrying a large hunting knife. When a second officer, Acting Sergeant Jason Taub, with 13 years experience arrived on scene, they attempted contact with Davis, to determine his intentions; however, he refused to communicate with them. Over the next few minutes four additional police personnel arrived on scene. They include, 13 year veteran Patrol Sergeant Michael Moulton, 23 year veteran Officer Richard Whitman Jr., accompanied by 13 year Reserve Police Officer Robert McIlhenney, and 27 year veteran, Detective Sergeant Michael Hook. Two of these individuals are seasoned crisis negotiators.

Several officers attempted contact with Davis numerous times. Davis refused to communicate with them, and began to approach them several times, still armed with the knife. During these confrontations, the officers utilized non-lethal weapons in an attempt to subdue Davis. This included three separate uses of a bean-bag shotgun, and one use of an electronic taser device. None of these devices appeared to have any effect upon Davis.

The officers continued to pursue Davis who traveled a steep uphill incline for over 1 mile, in 13 minutes. This area is predominantly residential, with the majority of the homes sitting far off the roadway. When Davis reached the intersection of Avocado Ave. and Fuerte Dr., the officers feared his intentions if allowed to travel further, as he was entering an area with numerous open businesses, still armed with a large hunting knife.

The officers put themselves between Davis, the open businesses, and numerous vehicles which were stopped in the intersection. They continued their attempts to communicate with Davis, with little effect, and he continued running towards one of the officers. Having no further options, the officers made the difficult decision to use lethal force to protect the community and themselves, shooting Davis several times. Attempts to aid Davis were unsuccessful and he died at the scene.

Jeromiah Davis, an admitted methamphetamine user, is known to the El Cajon Police Department, as he has been arrested in the past for DUI, vandalism, and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was convicted in 2007 for assault with a deadly weapon and sentenced to one year in custody.

This incident, as with all officer involved shootings, will be reviewed by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

March 30, 2009
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Supplemental information to Officer Involved Shooting
DATE OCCURRED: March 27, 2009, at approximately 12:00 Noon
LOCATION OF OCCURRENCE: Avocado Ave. and Fuerte Dr.
SUSPECT: Jeromiah Paul Davis, 10/15/1976
El Cajon Resident

PREPARED BY: Lt. Steve Shakowski
DIVISION: Public Information Officer
DATE AND TIME: March 30, 2009
REVIEWED BY: Lt. Tim Henton
Pat Sprecco, Chief Of Police 
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