The Merced Police Department released dash and body cam video showing the shooting that killed off-duty Dos Palos Police Officer Johnny Mathis.
On July 8, the Merced County District Attorney’s Office announced the officer involved shooting was justified.
The video shows how officers only had a few seconds to react when they responded to a Merced neighborhood.
Officer Nate McKinnon dash cam was rolling as Mathis was trying to force himself into a home on the 1800 block of Lopes Avenue.
“He’s trying to ram the house,” McKinnon radioed to dispatch.
Mathis accelerates his vehicle into the garage door again, he starts burning out his tires causing smoke to billow, making it difficult for police officers to see the suspect.
Just seconds after gunshots ring out.
According to the investigation report, Mathis fired seven shots into the home and multiple rounds were also fired towards officers.
McKinnon returning fire killing Mathis.
Merced County District Attorney Kimberly Lewis said in her report this whole ordeal happened in a span of seven minutes, a suspicious vehicle call turned into a suspected DUI pursuit that turned into a deadly shooting.
Merced Police Captain Bimley West said his department added body cameras in 2012, which have helped tremendously.
“It’s a vital tool not only for our officers but also it helps our citizens know what’s really going on out there from our officers perspective,” West said.