Officer Involved Shooting: February 9, 2019

Last updated July 26, 2019

The February 9, 2019 officer involved shooting at a local fast food establishment has raised several questions from the community and is of significant general community interest. The Vallejo Police Department wants to address the questions that have been raised in a single area to help the public digest both the media reports and to facilitate a community dialogue about the facts of this incident, as well as a more general understanding of how officer involved shootings are investigated in Solano County. Our hope is that this information helps members of the public separate fact from fiction regarding this investigation.

Press Statements and Video

06-10-2019 - Press Release - Vallejo Shares Findings of Expert on Officer-Involved Shooting

06-10-2019 - Expert's Report

03-29-2019 - Press Release - Update #4 Officer Involved Shooting 900 Block Admiral Callaghan Lane - Video Presentation Release

02-14-2019 - Press Release - Update #3 Officer Involved Shooting 900 Block Admiral Callaghan Lane - Identification Confirmation

02-12-2019 - Press Release - Update #2 Officer Involved Shooting 900 Block Admiral Callaghan Lane - Video

02-11-2019 - Press Release - Update #1 Officer Involved Shooting 900 Block Admiral Callaghan Lane

02-09-2019 - Press Release - Officer Involved Shooting 900 Block Admiral Callaghan Lane

 Presentation Materials and Data Reviewed by OIS Expert David Blake

03-13-2019 - PowerPoint Presentation File
VPD 19-1676 (David Blake Review)

Incident Questions & Answers

Q. What are the names of the Officers involved in the shooting? How long has each of them been on the Vallejo Police Department force?
A. The officers that fired their duty weapons are: 

  • Officer Ryan McMahon, Badge #702, 18-months 
  • Officer Colin Eaton, Badge #703, 18-months
  • Officer Bryan Glick, Badge #672, 4-years 6-months
  • Officer Jordon Patzer, Badge #713, 7-months
  • Officer Anthony Romero-Cano, Badge #714, 7-months
  • Officer Mark Thompson, Badge #621, 12-years 4 months

Q. Are the Officers involved in the shooting currently on administrative leave?
A. All six officers were immediately placed on administrative leave, as is standard practice.  Per the Vallejo Police Department’s protocol, all officers are required to meet with a psychologist after this type of event.  All officers have been deemed able to return to their regular duties.

Q. Will the body camera footage be shared with the family of the deceased?
A. Yes, we have received a request from the family to view the videos and we are working through their attorneys to coordinate the viewing in the coming weeks.  

Q. Will the Vallejo Police Department release the body camera footage to the public?
A. Yes, the Vallejo Police Department is evaluating the timing of the release of the footage with consideration of the following factors: there is a changing legal landscape for the release of body camera footage, consideration of the wishes of the deceased’s family members to privately view the footage prior to release, a desire to not impeded or disrupt an impartial and ongoing investigation, and a desire to be transparent with the public by providing as much information as possible.

Q. When will the autopsy report be completed?
A. The autopsy is performed by the Solano County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office.  The City of Vallejo and its Police Department have no control over the timing of a completed autopsy report. 

Q. Is the decedent, Willie McCoy, the same person arrested by SFPD for Human Trafficking in April 2018, listed here:

A. The Vallejo Police Department is aware of the SFPD case noted in the link and the Detective Division has a copy of the San Francisco case. Based on that report, VPD has concluded that the suspect in the SFPD case is the decedent.  

Q.  Was the decedent asleep at the time the officers made contact with him?
A. The decedent was unresponsive when the officers arrived on scene. It did not appear he was suffering any active medical emergency. However, the autopsy report and the toxicology report being developed by the Solano County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office may assist in answering this question, when it is completed. 

Q.  Is it true that the individual was shot over 20 times?
A. The Vallejo Police Department does not have this information.  Information about the decedent’s injuries is developed during the autopsy and will be included in the Solano County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office full report.

Q. Why did the City of Vallejo not immediately release the names of the police officers involved with the shooting?
A. The names of the officers were released in accordance with California law.  Based on our previous experiences, police officers have had their personal and family safety threatened as a result of these types of incidents.  The Department utilizes this time to conduct a threat assessment,while also providing the officers time to take precautions before releasing their names publicly.

Q.  Why did the Vallejo Police Department not confirm the identity of the deceased immediately after the incident?
A. The Vallejo Police Department is bound by protocols that are intended to protect the deceased and their family. This includes both the official identification by the Solano County Sheriff/Coroner’s office and ensuring that the family of the deceased have been properly notified, before the information is shared with the public. 

Q. Who can the public contact if they have information relating to this incident?
A. Any potential witnesses may contact Vallejo Police Department, Detective Scott Yates at 707-648-4533 or Detective Craig Long at 707-648-4514.

Q. What is the process and timeline to investigate an officer involved shooting?
A. See the following section for details on the “Solano County Officer Involved Fatal Incident Protocol” and a range of other related questions about the investigation process. 

Q. Does the City have any comment on the wrongful death claim filed against the Vallejo Police Department?
 A. The City received a claim on February 28, 2019.  The claim is currently under investigation and a determination will be made within 45 days.

Q.  Is it true that there was only plastic wrap covering the passenger side window?  Why didn’t the officers enter through the passenger window?  
A.  The front passenger side window was covered with plastic material with taping around the frame of the window.  
The administrative investigation will look into whether the passenger window presented a viable entry option, and if so, whether that option was tactically sound.  Some of the factors that will be considered in connection with these questions are: 

  • What kind of material was it? Could the officers have cut through the plastic, with or without disturbing the driver?  
  • If so, could the officers have reached through the window, across the passenger side, to the driver’s side and removed the gun from the driver’s lap, with or without disturbing the driver? 
  • Would this option have been safe or practical for the officers, considering the confined space of the vehicle, distance from the passenger side to the driver’s side, the positioning of the vehicle?

Solano County Officer Involved Fatal Incident Protocol: General

Q. Who investigates Officer Involved Fatal incidents that occur within Solano County?
A. All law enforcement agencies in Solano County, including the Vallejo Police Department, fall under the Solano County Officer Involved Fatal Incident Protocol (OIF Protocol). Under this Protocol, the investigation is jointly conducted by the involved agency and the Solano County District Attorney’s Office.  Once complete, the District Attorney’s conducts an independent review and makes the final determination about criminal liability involving police officers in Solano County. The OIF Protocol is automatic and immediate upon any occurrence.

The full OIF Protocol be found here.

Q. What is the purpose of the OIF Protocol investigation?
A. This Protocol provides a consistent framework for properly handling officer involved shootings across Solano County. The process determines  the presence or absence of criminal liability on the part of all those involved in the incident – for both police officers and the deceased. The protocol seeks to provide factual information to the affected department and to conduct an impartial investigation free of conflicts of interest. 

Q. How does the investigation work after an officer involved fatal incident?
A. The criminal investigation has an investigative priority over the administrative investigation, and it begins immediately after an incident has occurred.  It is performed by Criminal Investigators from the venue agency, the employer’s agency, the California Highway Patrol (when applicable), and the District Attorney’s Office, formed into an Investigative Team for each incident.  

Q. Who has final oversight of the criminal investigation?
A. The Solano County District Attorney has the final oversight.

Q. Who conducts the medical exam of the decedent and releases the information?
A. The Solano County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office will conduct the autopsy. Autopsy findings, including the condition of the deceased, the cause of death, and toxicology test results, are released by the Sheriff/Coroner’s Office.

Q. Who conducts the final review when all the evidence and reports are completed?
A. The District Attorney will analyze the facts of the incident as well as the relevant law to determine if criminal laws were broken.  If the District Attorney determines that the law was broken, a prosecution of the officers would take place through the criminal justice system. If, on the other hand, the District Attorney determines that no criminal charges shall be filed against the officers involved in an incident, then the District Attorney will issue a closing report summarizing the results of the investigation.

Q. How long will the investigation take to determine the District Attorney’s findings?
A. The District Attorney’s Office will issue a closing report containing its findings and conclusions within 90-days of the receipt of the complete investigative package.   However, this investigative package can take several months to complete (as long as 18-months or more), so it is possible that the investigation and determination will not be reached for nearly two years.

Q. What does the Vallejo Police Department Internal Affairs Unit investigate related to the shooting and how is that investigation impartial?
A. The Vallejo Police Department conducts its own internal investigation to determine if the officers operated within departmental regulations and/or policies. The investigation is conducted by an Internal Affairs Investigator, separate and distinct from the criminal investigation, to review the case for policy violations.