Breaking News: Two Dead After Murder and Police Shooting in Davis

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Early on Thursday morning, officers received a call from a residence on Avocet in North Davis.  It was a report of a domestic violence incident.

According to Sgt. Mike Munoz of the Davis Police Department, officers arriving could see a woman down.

“They encountered resistance at the front door,” he explained and that led them to fire shots.  “A male adult is deceased inside the residence.  The female that they saw down is also deceased.”

One of the officers suffered minor injuries – he was treated and released at the hospital.  The injuries were described as minor and not related to being shot.

Details are preliminary and this point and subject to change, he noted.

Sgt. Munoz described the woman as “down inside” – but did not know if she was deceased at the moment of arrival.

He described the call as originating from inside the residence, but did not specify as to who called the police.

He added, “the officers discharged their weapons, but it’s way way too early to say whether the officers struck the suspect and if they did, if they caused his death.”

An investigation is underway by the West Sacramento Police Department and the Yolo County District Attorney’s office into the officer-involved shooting.  The Davis Police Department is conducting their own administrative investigation.

The murder is the first in Davis since the January 10 shooting of Natalie Corona.

The Vanguard will have updates as more information becomes available.

—David M. Greenwald reporting

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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5 thoughts on “Breaking News: Two Dead After Murder and Police Shooting in Davis”

  1. Sharla Cheney

    Not a good day for our community.  Two people have died.  My thoughts are with their families, friends and neighbors.  Also, with the dispatchers and officers who responded to the call.  This cannot be an easy burden to carry.

  2. Bill Marshall

    I agree with Sharla’s sentiments.

    As to:

    An investigation is underway by the West Sacramento Police Departmentand the Yolo County District Attorney’s office into the officer-involved shooting

    … is that the current “norm”?  Having a ‘sister-agency’ take the lead to investigate “an officer-involved shooting”?  Makes sense (more ‘transparent’)…. just curious if that is now ‘standard’…

    1. David Greenwald

      Generally speaking you have an outside agency investigate an officer-involved shooting.  You don’t want to internally do it in case it ends up being a conflict.

  3. Bill Marshall

    Based on the substance of the article, what is known to date, the “headline” may be a bit premature… “murder” and “police shooting” (as the term is commonly used, as opposed to”shots fired by police”), are facts not in evidence… great for ‘selling’ hits on a blog, though…

    Again, whatever the circumstances, two lives ended prematurely, and an officer was injured.  Sharla correctly points out a version of ‘A Bad Day at Black Rock’… for the individuals, certainly… and the ‘community’…

    The measure of the ‘community’ will be how it responds, once the facts are known…

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