San Jose Police Officer Lawfully Shot and Killed Shotgun-Wielding Carjacker
Photo: Joanna Macy-Rodgers and Mark Morasky
SANTA CLARA COUNTY – The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has announced the release of a 37-page review of a case where a gunman and his female accomplice took police on a high speed chase. The driver had kidnapped and carjacked a UPS driver and his truck before being shot by a San Jose Police Officer as he ran towards a crowded business with a loaded shotgun.
According to the DA’s report, “Before he made a break for it, Mark Morasky, a 33-year-old Saratoga two-striker on parole for violent crimes, told officers and the driver that he would rather die than go back to prison.”
That is when SJPD Officer Bronte, a former U.S. Marine who had been a police officer since 2006, shot Morasky once with his service rifle, killing him instantly. It was thought that Morasky was going to try and kidnap and carjack another driver as he tried to flee police a third time.
“On February 14, 2019, around 5 p.m., two sheriff’s deputies in a vehicle saw a SUV illegally park at the Ohlone-Chynoweth Light Rail Station. When they drove up, the vehicle driven by Morasky sped away.,” Supervising Deputy District Attorney Miguel Valdovinos said.
“During the chase, a passenger – later identified as 23-year-old Joanna Macy-Rodgers of San Jose, fired a shotgun at the deputies multiple times, striking their vehicle with buckshot.”
Macy-Rodgers continues to face charges of carjacking, kidnapping, taking a hostage and the attempted murder of a peace officer. Her next court hearing is scheduled for November 18, 2019, in the Hall of Justice in San Jose.
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