OFFICIAL DEPARTMENTAL INCIDENT REPORT TO BOARD
Captain Henry Jules
Date: April 16th
Incident: Officer involved shooting, kidnapping, fugitive
To the events of April 15th 2007 I
will try to summarize from reports given to me by my officers and
others involved at the scene.
Detective Michael Hale and Patrolman Jake
Holland arrived at Thompson’s Warehouse to interview Salvador
Vega. Upon exiting the patrol car outside of the warehouse they
immediately came under fire from an unidentified assailant (now
identified as Vega) and requested backup. In the ensuing gun battle
Holland was struck by a bullet that penetrated his vest. He is at
Desert Samaritan in stable condition.
Hale pursued Vega into the building as patrol
cars 165 and 121 arrived on scene. There Hale shot Vega twice in
the chest – he is being held in the prisoner’s wing of
Desert Samaritan and is in guarded condition. During an interview
with detectives, Vega confessed to being the gunman involved in the
shooting deaths of Molly and Linda Walters. Ballistics has tied the
weapon used to injure Patrolman Holland directly to that
Missing child, Catalina Sanchez was recovered
on scene as well as fugitive Emilio Sanchez. Hale’s report
describes how he found Catalina hugging her father who had been
stabbed twice in the chest with a serrated weapon also recovered at
the scene. His wounds had been dressed with field pressure bandages
formed from strips of leather and paramedics report that he would
have died of blood loss if this had not been done.
Arrested at the scene also was Elizabeth Joan
Boughtwood. Now believed to be connected to multiple murders over
the past few days and the kidnapping of Catalina Sanchez. She was
taken also to Desert Samaritan to be treated for a dislocated jaw,
four broken ribs, ruptured spleen, and a shattered femur.
Boughtwood is in critical condition and is not expected to live
through the night. Unreliable witness reports from Catalina herself
state that Boughtwood was attacked by a woman wearing black,
wielding a crowbar. The unknown woman intervened while Boughtwood
was stabbing Sanchez.
CSU has discovered no evidence of this woman
at the crime scene. See the transcript of the brief interview with
Catalina for the rest of her testimony on the subject. Catalina
asserts that the woman knelt next to her and told her to wait by
her father because the police would be there soon.
The DA is considering dropping murder charges
against Emilio Sanchez to bring them against Santiago Vega in light
of this new evidence.
There is still the strange case of Emilio
Sanchez’s escape from custody on the day of these events. No
explanation has come forthwith; however, a CSU examination of the
scene of his escape has come up with DNA and trace evidence that
Boughtwood was at the scene – absurd, but irrefutable. One
theory involves the exchange officers not putting him onto the
transport vehicle, and Boughtwood taking him from the area. Emilio
had been sedated so would have been an easy subject to move. The
missing weapons from the armory locker has proven to be a false
alarm. They were not signed out by a rookie and returned at the end
of the day.
Escape charges against Sanchez are still
pending. It will be up to the DA if they will be pursued or
Detective Michael Hale is an excellent officer
and a good man, and while I cannot say enough good about him, he
did break his suspension to continue to involve himself in this
closed investigation. While punitive measures at this point are
unavoidable, I would like to ask the disciplinary review board to
be lenient in view of his excellent record and exemplary