The encounter began when Jarecki, a two veteran of the Napa Sherrif’s department, stopped to inspect a car on the side of a rural road. She spoke with the occupant, 43-year-old Javier Hernandez Morales, for several minutes before asking if she could perform a search of the vehicle. Morales agrees and Jarecki makes her way to the driver side window.
As she approaches, Jarecki instructs a now increasingly suspicious and fidgety Morales to roll his window down. In an instant, Morales brandishes a stolen .22 caliber revolver and fires at Jarecki who immediately returns fire, rattling off 15 – 16 shots and killing Morales. Deputies later found a loaded .22 caliber rifle in the trunk of the car.
It’s being reported that Morales has a long and violent criminal history having been arrested for a slew of crimes including concealed weapons charges, driving under the influence and assaulting a peace officer. He had been deported from the U.S. three times previously, and was in the country illegally at the time of his death.
However, due to changes in state immigration laws, which prevent jail officials from notifying US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when an undocumented immigrant is being released, he was not deported after his most recent arrests in 2014, 2015 and 2016.