Merced County DA releases details into fatal officer-involved shooting of Dos Palos police officer

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More than a week later, the Merced County District Attorney’s Office released details into the fatal officer-involved shooting of a Dos Palos Police officer who was on administrative leave.

The shooting happened the night of Feb. 12 when the Merced County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 2100 block of West Highway 140 in the County of Merced.

When deputies arrived, they contacted Johnny Carnell Mathis standing by the driver’s side of his car, which had visible damage.

Mathis was a Dos Palos Police officer who was placed on administrative leave for unknown reasons.

The DA claims Mathis showed signs of intoxication, disobeyed deputy’s orders, got into his car and took off quickly.

That’s when a pursuit was initiated into the City of Merced, where deputies observed Mathis shooting a handgun into the air from his car.

The Merced Police Department was then called for assistance.

Ending the pursuit, Mathis allegedly drove his car into the garage door of his home in the area of Lopes Avenue and Sydney Lane, while firing rounds into his own car.

He then began firing in the direction of Merced Police officer’s cars, striking one. A Merced Police officer returned fire by using his department-approved patrol rifle. Mathis was found slumped over in his car, and pronounced dead at the scene.

No citizens or responding officers were injured during the incident.

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