Sean Monterrosa Wiki – Sean Monterrosa Bio
Sean Monterrosa was shot dead by an unidentified officer. Chief Shawny Williams said the officer believed Monterrosa had a pistol in his pocket, but it ended up being a 15-inch hammer.
At the time he was shot, Monterrosa was on his knees, Williams said. The incident started at a Walgreens where officers say they saw two cars of suspected looters driving away from the scene. Officers chased the two cars. When they encountered Monterrosa, they believed he was trying to enter one of the suspected vehicles. The officer fired his gun five times through his patrol’s windshield. A round hit Monterrosa, killing him.
Sean Monterrosa Age
He was 22 years old.
Sean Monterrosa Shot By Police
Early on the morning of June 2, a police officer shot Sean Monterrosa, 22, near a Walgreens pharmacy in Vallejo, California, Vallejo Police Chief Shawny Williams said during a tense press conference on Wednesday. According to Williams, police were first called to Walgreens at 10:17 p.m. on June 1 amid reports of looting. At 12:15 a.m., officers received a second call indicating that the looters had returned to Walgreens and were trying to enter the pharmacy.
Officers reportedly arrived on the scene in an unmarked police car and reported a crowd of 10 to 12 people in the parking lot at 12:36 a.m. Police say the black sedan crashed into the unmarked cruiser, injuring the officer inside, before leaving the parking lot behind the silver truck. The silver truck was stopped shortly thereafter, Williams reported.
Some time before the black sedan fled the scene, police say they saw Monterrosa run toward the sedan. According to Williams, Monterrosa knelt and raised his hands above his waist, revealing a 15-inch hammer in the sweatshirt pocket that an officer mistaken for a weapon. The officer shot five times through the windshield of the police vehicle and hit Monterrosa once, according to police. Monterrosa was taken to the hospital, where authorities were alerted to his death a few hours later. A GoFundMe page was organized on behalf of Monterrosa to pay for the funeral and legal fees. The family is represented by John L. Burress, a Bay Area-based civil rights and police misconduct attorney.
“I would say that it’s always a tragedy anytime an officer has to use force,” Williams said. “My condolences to his family. It is a difficult thing to happen, I understand that.”
According to Williams, all of the officers present at the scene have been placed on paid administrative leave while the Vallejo Police Department and Solano County District Attorney conduct a joint investigation. Williams added that the officer involved was an 18-year veteran of the police force.
Monterrosa’s death comes in the midst of nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, which has led to second-degree murder charges against one officer and felony counts against three others, as well as widespread calls for police reform. There have been several protests in the city of Vallejo, which in recent years has been the site of several controversial fatal shootings by its police force.
Police announced midday Tuesday that there had been an “officer-involved shooting” hours earlier, but did not say that Monterrosa had died. Williams called a news conference Tuesday and condemned citywide looting that had taken place, but avoided discussing the police shooting.
“It’s always a tragedy any time an officer has to use force,” Williams said Wednesday. “My condolences to his family. It is a difficult thing to happen, I understand that.”
Monterrosa’s family has retained Bay Area attorney John Burris, a prominent civil rights lawyer who has sued the city several times over fatal police shootings.
Melissa Nold, an attorney with Burris’ firm, said Wednesday that the family is asking to view the body camera footage, video from the police cruiser, and any surveillance video from Walgreens.
“(Videos) should be released immediately,” Nold said. “If the city wants to be transparent, they need to release them now.”
Williams pledged to release body camera footage of the incident before a 45-day legal deadline.
Peaceful protest beginning on steps outside #Vallejo city hall, two hours after police Chief Williams talked about fatal police shooting of Sean Monterrosa, 22. Monterrosa was on his knees when officer fired 5 shots through his windshield early Tuesday morning. pic.twitter.com/LhIPy0m9g9
— Megan Cassidy (@meganrcassidy) June 4, 2020
The press conference ended with high tensions. Several reporters expressed disbelief that an officer in a nearby vehicle had shot Monterrosa on his knees. Two hours after the conference, protesters staged a rally outside the Vallejo City Hall, according to a tweet from San Francisco Chronicle journalist Megan Cassidy.
Others took to social media to demand justice for Monterrosa. Some compared Monterrosa’s death to the deadly shooting of Willie McCoy, a 20-year-old aspiring rapper who was shot 53 times while asleep in his car at a Taco Bell in 2019, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. On Wednesday, California Assemblyperson Tim Grayson issued a statement demanding that the California Attorney General or a federal agency investigate Monterrosa’s death.
“Since I’ve been here, in the city of Vallejo, we have made many changes in terms of our de-escalation policy, in terms of our body-worn camera policy, in terms of the way that we analyze and look at force, so there are many positive things that are happening in the city of Vallejo,” said Williams.