FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
…[a]t approximately 7:00 p.m. the suspect believed to be Sosa opened the garage door of the home and fled the area at a high rate of speed, stealing Chavez’s vehicle, purse and cell phone. As Sosa fled he drove the vehicle in the direction of police and residents who were on the outer perimeter of the scene, charging directly at Officer Randal White who was standing by his vehicle at his perimeter post. As Sosa drove at Officer White, Officer White fired his weapon at the charging vehicle in effort to prevent the suspect from running him over. The vehicle then drove around Officer White’s vehicle, onto the pedestrian sidewalk to breach the perimeter.
The suspect fled in a Green 2005 Toyota Camry. Detectives continue their active search for Sosa. Detective have received information from witnesses who have seen Sosa since the incident occurred and received report that Sosa is not injured and is actively evading police capture.
No residents or officers sustained any injuries in this incident.
Yet, as what has become standard form, what is stated, supported, reinforced, and held to be fact by APD's chief, Ray Schultz, and his other diminutive chiefs, has little bearing to reality. Our Eyes tell us the vehicle that was shot at ONLY had its rear window shot out and only its rear window. We wonder how a vehicle fleeing from Officer White justified the use of deadly force. While Officer White may have felt reasonably justified in firing at the car, we at the Eye are concerned that Officer Martinez and Chief Schultz have now boxed Officer White into a corner where he will have to confirm their lies, and thus lie himself OR speak the truth and assert a different story. Either way the truth appears to be the shot were fired at the car as it was fleeing the perimeter and not as it was approaching posted personnel. Our Eyes also tell us several citizens had to dive for cover in fear of being shot by the 3-4 rounds fired at the car...