EXCERPT FROM IAB SHOOT INTERVIEW
Date: April 15th
Interviewer: Jonathan Spencer
Interviewee: Detective Michael Hale
SPENCER: We really appreciate you cooperating
at this early time, Detective, but I want to let you know that you
can end this at any time.
HALE: I would like to go on, sir.
SPENCER: Okay. You mention pursing then
gunman, now known to be Salvador Vega, into the warehouse. Please
describe the events leading up to your shooting of Vega and your
HALE: I approached the door with my weapon
drawn. I heard what I believed to be a little girl crying for
SPENCER: You told an officer on scene you
heard a child calling for her father.
HALE: Yes, yes. She was yelling in Spanish.
The two words I recognized were “help” and
SPENCER: Okay. What happened next?
HALE: I entered the warehouse and heard sounds
of an altercation. I could hear women’s voices raised
and—well, it sounded to me like someone, somewhere in that
warehouse, was on the receiving end an ECW-style beat down.
I could hear patrol cars arriving outside, so
I pressed further.
Vega emerged from some shadows further in, his
back was to me. He was shouting something in Spanish about a
bruja, a witch. I leveled my weapon, identified myself, and
called for him to drop his weapon.
That caught his attention, but instead of
dropping, he turned and pointed his weapon at me. I discharged my
weapon twice. Dropped him on the spot. Two bullets, center
Four officers entered behind me. Two of them
secured Vega while I moved toward the sound of the brawl and the
SPENCER: And what did you discover there?
HALE: I almost tripped over the prone body of
Elizabeth Boughtwood. I recognized her from her DMV photo, but just
barely: She’d been worked over real bad. I would have assumed
there she was another vic, except that she was holding a bloody
Only a few feet away, I discovered the missing
child, Catalina Sanchez. She was weeping over her father, Emilio
Sanchez. He was injured bad. Bleeding everywhere…