The Record, Stockton, Calif.
The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office has cleared two Lodi Police Department officers who in 2017 shot and killed a 35-year-old man.
The Oct. 23, 2017, shooting of Matthew Palaita by Lodi officers Dominic Carillo and Daniel Bristow was found to be justified under the circumstances, the District Attorney’s Office announced today.
The findings and conclusions of the investigation were completed in April, but the District Attorney’s Office said the report was withheld from the public at the request of Palaita’s family to allow them to make travel arrangements since they live out-of-state.
Palaita was shot multiple times after he exited a vehicle and pointed a firearm at Carillo, according to authorities.
The incident started after Bristow pulled over a Honda Pilot in the area of Pleasant Avenue, south of Turner Road, according to the report. Palaita, who was sitting in the back of the Pilot, would not acknowledge Bristow, so the officer called for backup.
Once Carillo arrived, he began giving Palaita orders to show his hands, but he would not comply, the report states.
“Mr. Palaita quickly removed his right hand from the cargo area and began to exit the vehicle pointing a Harrington & Richardson .22 caliber revolver directly at Officer Carillo,” according to the District Attorney’s 19-page report.
Both officers fired their weapon striking Palaita five times, the report states. Palaita was pronounced dead at the scene.
The District Attorney said that “… in light of all the evidence obtained from the multi-task force investigation, it is the opinion of the District Attorney that the lethal use of force used by both Officer Daniel Bristow and Officer Dominic Carillo, on October 23, 2017, was justified, and that no criminal charges are warranted.
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