Fairfield Police release details in officer-involved-shooting of suspect

- Fairfield police on Tuesday released their account of what happened when they shot and injured a suspect in the shooting of an 8-year-old Concord boy.

32-year-old suspect James Jarrard was spotted by a witness Monday afternoon allegedly driving a stolen vehicle. Police followed up on the tip and arrived to the 3400 block of North Texas Street, where the suspect pulled into a Lowe’s home improvement store’s parking lot.

Police say officers encountered Jarrard standing outside his car. The suspect was considered armed and dangerous and had an outstanding arrest warrant for attempted murder.

Jarrard ran from police and was said to have ignored police’s orders to stop once he was surrounded by police and patrol vehicles, police say the suspect began reaching for his waist band as he was running directly towards the officers.

As Jarrard charged, one officer was surrounded by a retaining wall and the businesses wall. According to police, the officer feared the suspect was reaching for a weapon. That’s when the officer fired at Jarrard from a distance of about 55 yards, striking the suspect once on the side of his neck. Upon being searched, no weapon was found on the suspect.  When he was questioned, he told officers he was pulling up his pants.

Jarrard was taken into custody after receiving medical assistance. He remains in the hospital in stable condition. The suspect will be booked into Solano County Jail for his outstanding arrest warrant, possession of a stolen car, resisting arrest, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of his parole.  

The officer involved in the shooting, Zachary Sandoval, is a 9-year veteran of the department. He has been placed on administrative leave.

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