SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office announced that a Santa Clara Police Officer lawfully shot and killed a mentally ill and suicidal man during a standoff back in March.
24-year-old Jesus Geney-Montes, who had previously stabbed himself in the chest and told police he had a gun and would shoot them, was shot and killed on March 9. Veteran Police Officer Colin Stewart first used his taser on Geney-Montes but it wasn't effective.
“Seeing Geney-Montes charging towards him and believing his life was in danger, Officer Stewart chose to defend himself by discharging his weapon,” prosecutor Carolyn Powell wrote in a 53-page public report. “Under the facts, circumstances and applicable law in this matter, Officer Colin Stewart’s use of force was in response to an objectively reasonable belief that he was facing an immediate threat of great bodily injury or death," said Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Powell.
Officers later realized that Geney-Montes was not armed when he was shot, said the DA's Office.
During the standoff officers asked Geney-Montes to show his hands as he stood on an embankment behind a housing complex with his hands in his pockets. Geney-Montes took off running. Officer Stewart followed and when Geney-Montes stepped towards him he fired his gun.
According to the DA, before the shooting officers had responded to Geney-Montes home four times on March 9. During those visits, Geney-Montes had barricaded himself in his bedroom, threatened his stepfather and himself, and told officers he had a gun and would shoot them if they came in.
"Each time officers determined no crime had been committed and that it was safer to back off. On the fifth call, around 5 p.m., his mother reported that Geney-Montes had stabbed himself and fled from his bedroom window," said Powell.
Police later found a bloody knife in the bushes near where Geney-Montes had climbed a fence.