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Santa Cruz police officer kills 20-year-old in Salinas while off-duty

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An off-duty Santa Cruz police officer shot and killed a man in Salinas Friday afternoon. According to Salinas police, 22-year-old Francisco Villicana was about to clean his personal firearm when he accidentally fired a single bullet. The bullet went through Villicana’s hand and into the chest of 20-year-old Luis Alfredo Ferro-Sanchez. Ferro-Sanchez died from the gunshot wound after being taken to hospital. “This incident appears to be a tragic accident, but the case will be forwarded to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office for review,” Salinas police said in a Facebook post. In a press statement, the Santa Cruz Police Department said the officer was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. “This tragic incident is devastating for everyone involved, and we recognize that many people are grieving,” said Santa Cruz Police Chief Bernie Escalante. “Words cannot express the grief we feel for Mr. Ferro-Sanchez’s family and friends. We will support them in any way we can,” added Chef Escalante.

An off-duty Santa Cruz police officer shot and killed a man in Salinas Friday afternoon.

According to Salinas police, 22-year-old Francisco Villicana was about to clean his personal firearm when he accidentally fired a single bullet. The bullet went through Villicana’s hand and into the chest of 20-year-old Luis Alfredo Ferro-Sanchez.

Ferro-Sanchez died of a gunshot wound after being taken to hospital.

“This incident appears to be a tragic accident, but the case will be forwarded to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office for review,” Salinas police said in a Facebook post.

In a press statement, the Santa Cruz Police Department said the officer was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

“This tragic incident is devastating for everyone involved, and we recognize that many people are grieving,” said Santa Cruz Police Chief Bernie Escalante. “Words cannot express the grief we feel for Mr. Ferro-Sanchez’s family and friends. We will support them in any way we can,” added Chef Escalante.

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