Vallejo police detail 2017 Angel Ramos shooting; officer cleared by DA

VALLEJO — The Solano County District Attorney cleared the Vallejo officer who shot and killed 21-year-old Angel Ramos during a January 2017 family fight, according to documents released last week by the city.

Sharon S. Henry, chief deputy district attorney, outlined her findings in a six-page report, absolving Officer Zachary Jacobsen of any wrongdoing when he shot Ramos four times during the early morning hours of Jan. 23, 2017 in Vallejo.

“I have concluded that Officer Jacobsen acted lawfully as his actions were objectively reasonable and necessary to defend others from imminent death or great bodily injury,” she wrote in the February 2018 report.

The city of Vallejo released the report last week after the Bay Area News Group submitted a public records request seeking Vallejo Police Department records under the state’s new police transparency law, SB 1421. The city also released reports of another 2017 shooting involving Jacobsen, when he and four other officers shot a Benicia man who was armed with a machete 41 times.

The 93 pages of police and DA reports offer a detailed, blow-by-blow account of shooting. It started when Jacobsen and another officer responding to 911 calls of a large fight near Sacramento and Buckles streets, initially found nothing. Aided by witnesses, the officers located the site of the disturbance which was inside a house on the 1700 block of Sacramento Street.

Jacobsen says he observed a fight on the home’s second-story balcony. Jacobsen and his partner, Matt Samida, ran to a fence, which surrounds the property, and yelled up to for the people to stop fighting but no one listened, the report states.

He reported that there was a person, Ramos, standing at the door to the balcony holding a large kitchen knife and “making like a stabbing motion” as he fought with someone, later identified as Deshon Wilson.

Samida deployed his taser, hitting Wilson and knocking him down to the deck floor. Jacobsen reported seeing Ramos hovering over Wilson and making several stabbing motions.

“I already had my firearm out because of the fact that we’re going to a large chaotic fight where a weapon was mentioned and nobody was listening to us and we don’t know if anyone was going to pop out with guns or whatever the case may be, especially when I had seen the guy who had the knife inside the house,” Jacobsen reported. “I had my duty weapon out already. When the male with the knife came out of the house onto the deck and got on top and did those two stabbing motions, it was at that point that I thought the only thing I could do to save this guy’s life was to shoot the man who was trying to stab him.”

An autopsy revealed Ramos was shot at the base of his neck, and three times in the chest. At the time of his death, Ramos had a blood alcohol level of .26 — around three times the legal limit — the report states.

Attorney, Melissa Nold, of the John Burris law offices, …read more

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