Thrice Deported Attempted Murderer Protected From ICE
Despite being deported three times, Javier Hernandez Morales avoided justice because California law prohibits cops, including the department whose officer used deadly force to take him down, to honor an ICE detainer. (Fox News)
In a graphic, 48-second clip released Wednesday, body camera footage from Sunday's traffic stop shows Javier Hernandez Morales rolling down his window, grabbing a handgun and opening fire. Napa County sheriff’s Deputy Riley Jarecki narrowly avoided getting struck before running to the other side of the car, firing at least 15 shots into the red Honda.
Hernandez Morales, 48, died at the scene and the deputy was not seriously injured, officials said.
A second weapon – a loaded .22-caliber rifle – was found in the backseat of the Honda in addition to the pistol.
Immigration officials said Thursday that the shooting and the man’s death could have been prevented, but California’s state law prohibited them from arresting the Mexican citizen with a long rap sheet and multiple deportations.