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Officer involved shooting after confrontation with suicidal man

Officer involved shooting after confrontation with suicidal man
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Officer involved shooting after confrontation with suicidal man

MONTEREY, Calif. (KION) A Monterey man will be booked into jail after threatening to shoot the officers who responded to his 911 call.

Officers with the Monterey Police Department responded to 23-year-old Franics Davi's call just after 11 p.m. Saturday.

Davi claimed that he had a gun and wanted to hurt himself. He then said that he would shoot the responding officers that were dispatched to the scene.

Officers located Davi at 11:26 p.m. He was in the cemetery and appeared to be carrying a pistol.

A sergeant who was formerly assigned to the Crisis Negotiations Team of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Special Response Unit spoke to Davi in an attempt to resolve the situation peacefully.

Davi then charged the responding officers, gun in hand. The sergeant that had been speaking with Davi fired a "less lethal" projectile that struck the suspect, while the other officer fired one round from his patrol rifle. The bullets did not strike Davi.

Davi immediately surrendered and was taken into custody, where it was discovered that the "pistol" was actually an airsoft BB gun designed to look like a real weapon.

Davi will be booked into the Monterey County Jail on charges of criminal threats, resisting arrest and possession of a BB gun without the safety markings.

The on-going investigation into the officer involved shooting is being independently handled by the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office. The investigation into the criminal charges against Davi is being investigated by the Monterey Police Department. The Monterey Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division is also monitoring the investigation and will conduct an internal review of the officer involved shooting.

Officer-involved shootings are pretty rare in the city.

"I believe the last one was December of 2017, that's when a subject started firing at our officers over near Tide Street in Monterey," said Michael Bruno, the MPD Acting Assistant Chief. "Our officers are trained quite a bit in how to deal with people who are going through a mental crisis." 

The officer who shot the live ammunition round is being placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure as the investigation continues.

Police say body cam footage will be released as soon as they are able to.


Monterey / Monterey County / Top Stories

Amelia Rosenberg

Amelia Rosenberg is a weekend producer at KION News Channel 5/46.

Josh Kristianto

Josh Kristianto is a multi-media journalist at KION News Channel 5/46.

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4 Comments

  1. One of the few times where an officer not spending enough time at the range benefited the suspect. Apparently he really did not want to die and surrendered immediately after being fired on.

    A very lucky suspect. I hope he shakes off whatever is his demons are and gets back on track. Better days are always ahead…I guarantee it. But, to coin a phrase I heard from a TV show…..every moment of pleasure in life must be purchased with an equal amount of pain. You just made a big down payment on the pleasure….go find your happiness buddy.

  2. @Frankie
    You have a nice take on it and I laud you. Never thought of attempted suicide as a downpayment on future pleasure. But it is a bright spot in my day. Thank you.
    Obviously attempted suicide-by-cop.

  3. @Soylent
    First, I am starting a pool of dates, for when you post more than a 9 word post 🙂
    You post cleverly, please write more.
    As to shooting an unarmed man, Davi WAS armed. Albeit one of those Airsoft guns, which in fact look 100% real. I’ve seen them at the sporting goods stores. To feign shooting at officers with one, makes a person either truly insane, OR attempting ‘suicide-by-cop, which IS a rotten thing to do to a police officer who has to live with it.

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