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DA released date on hearing for 16-year-old involved in homicide prior to officer-involved shooting

Salinas homicide prior to officer involved shooting
KION Edgar Olivares
Salinas Police on Chaparral Street and North Main Street responding to homicide on Oct. 5, 2021

SALINAS, Calif. (KION) UPDATE Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m. Monterey County District Attorney's office said the 16-year-old that shot 19-year-old Jonathan Maciel will have a hearing on Oct. 18 to see if he will be tried as an adult.

UPDATE Oct. 8 5:30 p.m. Monterey County District Attorney released further detail of the officer-involved shooting that happened after the reported homicide on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Salinas Police responded to a 911 call at 1:44 a.m. about shots fired and a person grunting outside his home. The caller reported hearing a car leaving the scene of the shooting. Around the same time, ShotSpotter detected two shots in the same location.

When police arrived at 1:48 a.m., they said they found a young man, unresponsive, bleeding from the gunshot wounds. Police later said it was 19-year-old Jonathan Maciel who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Read about the victim and what his family had to say about the incident

At around 1:49 a.m., two police cars patrolling the area came across a silver Honda Civic coming from the same direction as the shooting, speeding without its lights off less than half a mile away from the scene.

Police pulled the car over into a parking lot at the corner of Chaparral Street and Main Street finding an armed 16-year-old driver. The DA said an officer-involved shooting occurred. Officer Robert Zuniga, who was one of the cops that pulled the car over, fired a total of seven rounds. Zuniga is a sworn peace officer and has been involved in another officer-involved shooting in 2012.

The 16-year-old was taken to Natividad Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries, where police arrested him. He was discharged on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Because the 16-year-old was armed, by law, the District Attorney's Office had to investigate the officer-involved shooting.

The DA charged the 16-year-old with murder, robbery, carrying a concealed firearm, alleging he intentionally fired a gun that caused severe injury or death. According to the press release, the DA will request a hearing so that a judge can decide whether to prosecute the 16-year-old in adult criminal court.

UPDATE Oct. 8 12:15 p.m. Jonathan Maciel, 19, suffered deadly gunshot wounds when Salinas Police arrived on 200 block of Chaparral Street at around 1:45 a.m.

Police also found the 16-year-old suspect with non-life-threatening injuries and taken to a hospital. The suspect has since been released and taken to juvenile hall for murder and firearm possession charges. Police will not release the suspect's identity because he is underage.

The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office is still investigating the officer-involved shooting.

UPDATE Oct 5, 7:01 p.m. While responding, police said they saw someone speeding and promptly performed a traffic stop. At some point, police would start shooting at the individual. KION spoke with one witness who say it all happen in front of his home.

"The moment I heard the first shot, I ran away…. And then I just heard multiple shots after and then I ran and ran and got back inside the house…10 minutes passes by and I see the guy already on the floor bleeding and he was shot," said a witness.

Salinas Police say the officer-involved shooting and homicide are related.

"Both of these incidents obviously happened in the vicinity of one another. Both independent crime scenes are related," said Miguel Cabrera, Salinas Police Public information officer.

Salinas PD is not saying in what way the two incidents are related or how. It is unknown whether or the individual in the officer-involved shooting was armed.

UPDATE Oct. 5, 12:12 p.m. Salinas Police have confirmed the officer-involved shooting took place at around 1:45 a.m. on October 5th. Officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation on the 200 Block of Chapparal Street and found a 19-year-old male with a mortal gunshot wound. The identity of the victim is currently unknown. One suspect was wounded and transported to the hospital suffering from non-threatening injuries. No officers were injured.

UPDATE Oct. 5, 11:11 a.m. The Monterey County Sheriff's Office confirms the coroner responded to the incident. Salinas Police also confirmed there was a homicide that took place that is related to the officer-involved shooting.

Monterey County District Attorney's office said they are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened near North Main Street and Chaparral Street early Tuesday. They said they are planning to interview officers on Wednesday.

Police said to stay clear of the area during the investigation.

Authorities tell KION the gunshot wounds were “superficial” and the wounded individual “expected to be okay.”

We'll be updating this article as more information is released.

CORRECTION Oct. 5, 2021, 10:44 a.m. -- This article was updated to report that the DA's office is currently investigating the shooting, not Salinas Police.

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  1. I am going to guess that the homicide victim is not expected to be OK. There is something to be said for a murder suspect surviving to face judgement. If the suspect needed to be shot by police, he is probably a little bit more than an alleged suspect, but you know…due process and all that.

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