Hollister PD: Domestic disturbance call ends with officer-involved shooting after numerous failed attempts to de-escalate
A Hollister man has been hospitalized following a contentious domestic violence call that reportedly resulted in an officer-involved shooting, according to police.
On the morning of December 8, officers responded to a home on Kimberly Court after a resident had called 9-1-1 and then hung up. When dispatch had called back, the resident told them an adult family member of theirs had been behaving erratically, raising concerns of potential violence.
Police say that, as responding officers spoke with residents of the home, the man in question approached them and notably refused to take his hands out of his pockets. Later, as he became more uncooperative, he grabbed a kitchen knife, ignited the stove, and began placing items on the burners in an attempt to start a fire.
Eventually, the man reportedly began throwing items at officers — including one of the items he’d started on fire — and refused to heed their attempts to de-escalate the situation. Ultimately, one of the officers drew their service and fired a single round, striking and wounding the man. He was quickly hospitalized and is reportedly in stable condition.
As is customary with officer-involved shootings, both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave while the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office conducts an investigation. Such investigations are often conducted in coordination with multiple agencies — in this case, the Monterey County and San Benito County DA’s Offices, as well as the San Benito County Sheriff’s Department.