Suspect Killed by Napa Deputy Was In The Country Illegally, ICE Says

A man who was killed in a shootout with a sheriff's deputy in Napa County, California, last Sunday was in the country illegally, according to officials from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

The suspect, Javier Hernandez Morales, 43, was a farm worker in the Napa Valley who had previously been deported three times and had prior brushes with the law for DUI, assaulting a police officer and weapons violations, according to ABC 7 in San Francisco.

The Napa County Sheriff's Office released the bodycam video on Wednesday, and the department is calling it an “attempt” to murder deputy Riley Jarecki, who emptied her gun magazine into Morales' car after he fired the first shot.

According to the police report, Morales was pulled to the side of the 1100 block of Henry Road when Jarecki arrived to check out the car.

The video shows Jarecki approach the car as Morales sat in the driver's seat. Jarecki asked if she could check out the vehicle to make sure there were no weapons, or any other suspicious items, inside.

After walking around to the driver's side, the deputy tapped on the window and asked Morales to roll down the window. This happened repeatedly until Morales rolled down the window, grabbed a gun and fired at Jarecki.

Jarecki wasn't hit, but she fired continuously until she emptied her magazine clip. Morales died at the scene.

“It's pretty obvious that he intended to kill her,” Napa Undersheriff Jon Crawford said, calling it “divine intervention” in this story from KPIX 5. “We are proud of the deputy's composure and her fight to save her life.”

Jarecki, who was sworn in to Napa County Sheriff's Office last summer, comes from a family of law enforcement. She's a third-generation member, according to the sheriff's department. Her father is also part of the Napa County department.

According to former Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan, Jarecki did exactly as she was trained in this situation.

“She reacted the way she was trained to: to meet deadly force with deadly force, to try and neutralize the threat, which was returning fire,” said Jordan, a police analyst for KPIX 5.

Jarecki is on administrative leave while the Napa County Sheriff's Office, Napa Police Department and the Napa County District Attorney's Office investigate the case.

Hernandez Morales was booked into Napa County Jail at least five times since 2015, according to KPIX.