VIDEO: Gunman Opens Fire On Deputy, Then She Destroys Him In Gunfight

Napa County Deputy Riley Jarecki fired at least 15 rounds after Javier Hernandez Morales began shooting.

Napa Valley County, CA – The Napa County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) has released dramatic bodycam footage that captured the moment a driver opened fire on a deputy (video below).

“It really can’t get any more clear than this,” Napa County Undersheriff Jon Crawford told the Napa Valley Register. “It’s graphic, it’s brutal, it’s sudden. Realistically it’s just a great reminder that we need to stay vigilant.”

The incident began at 10:59 p.m. on Sunday, when Napa County Sheriff’s Deputy Riley Jarecki noticed a parked red Honda facing the wrong direction along a rural section of Henry Road.

The lone deputy approached the car and spoke with the driver – 43-year-old Javier Hernandez Morales – for several moments, Undersheriff Crawford explained.

From her position outside the partially-opened passenger side window, Deputy Jarecki asked Hernandez Morales if she could “look around” the vehicle, bodycam footage showed.

The driver threw his hands up, and Deputy Jarecki asked him to stay put and not move.

“Okay,” Hernandez Morales said, showing the deputy his hands again.

“No problem, I don’t have problems,” he added in Spanish.

The deputy circled around the back of the car, shining her flashlight inside, and stopped at the driver’s side window.

She knocked on the glass, and told Hernandez Morales to roll the window down.

He hesitated for a moment, so Deputy Jarecki repeated her request.

Hernandez Morales muttered something to himself and scanned the area around him inside the vehicle before he finally pressed on the electric window button and opened the window.

“What’s up?” he asked her in Spanish.

Before she could reply, Hernandez Morales drew a .22-caliber revolver and immediately fired at least one round directly at the deputy.

“Hernandez Morales fired from close proximity, essentially without warning, and it’s pretty obvious to us he intended to kill her,” Undersheriff Crawford told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday.

Deputy Jarecki immediately backed away and circled behind the car while alerting over the radio that there had been “shots fired," the video showed.

Hernandez Morales started the vehicle's engine as Deputy Jarecki made her way to the passenger side and returned fire.

She steadily unloaded at least 15 rounds into the vehicle, and the suspect yelled out just before the clip ended.

Hernandez Morales was pronounced dead at the scene, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Investigators located a loaded .22-caliber rifle inside the car, and determined that the revolver Hernandez Morales used in his attempt to kill the deputy had been reported as stolen.

Undersheriff Crawford said that there were “a few warrants” for Hernandez Morales’ arrest at the time of the encounter, and that he was known to use “several aliases.”

The former farmworker has been arrested on at least five occasions in the past, for offenses including assault on a peace officer, driving under the influence, and possession of a concealed and loaded firearm.

The Napa County Major Crimes Task Force is handling the ongoing investigation into the shootout, NVCSO spokesperson Henry Wofford told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Deputy Jarecki was uninjured in the attack, and has been placed on administrative leave, as per protocol.

“I’m gonna call it divine intervention” that she wasn’t hit during the attack, Undersheriff Crawford told the Napa Valley Register.

“That was a pretty violent, shocking thing,” Napa County Sheriff John Robertson agreed. “Nobody wants to use lethal force, nobody even wants to use their gun… but she did what she was trained to do to eliminate the threat.”

Sheriff Robertson commended her for her swift action.

"The loss of life is something that we always take very seriously, either by this agency or by any other law enforcement agency,” Undersheriff Crawford told KGO. “In this case however, Hernandez Morales made the choice to attempt to murder Deputy Jarecki, and she responded accordingly.”

“We are proud of the deputy’s composure and her fight to save her life,” he added, according to KPIX.

Deputy Jarecki was sworn in as a NVCSO deputy on June 20, 2018, following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather, according to a department Facebook post.

She also served as a Calistoga police officer prior to joining the sheriff’s office, The Weekly Calistogan reported.

You can watch bodycam footage of the harrowing encounter in the video below:

Comments (86)
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Gradymizell
Gradymizell

Ausome good job deputy...another illegal off the street ....

dwm9ersfan
dwm9ersfan

Good job. Another dumbass gone

Bobby1874
Bobby1874

He'll still vote Democrat

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

She effectively neutralized the threat. So glad she wasn't hurt.

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

Answers to the questions that will soon be posed by the uninformed:

  1. She fired that many times because she ran out of bullets.

  2. While playing dumb may come easy, it's not an excuse.

  3. We wear a uniform so that you know who we are, we have no idea who you are.

  4. The color of your skin is immaterial, it's that weapon in your hand that decided your fate.

  5. The body cam is clear, proving AGAIN that this was justified.

MKD23
MKD23

Aaand Deputy Jarecki was then able to return home safely to her family! Good shoot! Another piece of scum off the street!

Patmandy
Patmandy

Well democrats will say she met her quota that day. Good Job Deputy! BACK THE BLUE.

JohnP
JohnP

"Undersheriff Crawford said that there were “a few warrants” for Hernandez Morales’ arrest at the time of the encounter, and that he was known to use “several aliases.”

The former farmworker has been arrested on at least five occasions in the past, for offenses including assault on a peace officer, driving under the influence, and possession of a concealed and loaded firearm."

Only one question; LEGAL STATUS?

tkngod
tkngod

A cyst off the rear of society has been lanced!!

365
365

Glad to see the agency standing firm behind the officer.

NanaBinTX
NanaBinTX

God had His protective hedge around Deputy Jarecki for sure!!!! He always provides!

may191953
may191953

Good for her !!!!😁

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Napa County, not Napa Valley County.

DC-TX
DC-TX

But why did you shoot him 15 times? Because I ran out of bullets.

uncabubba
uncabubba

I bet he's a "legal" illegal alien too. Sanctuary state.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Don't tell me, SOME people would say she "Overreacted" right? Hell, I would have set his car on fire as well.

StevieJeep
StevieJeep

Glad she's ok and pleased she solved the problem, 100% solved.

stevegaran
stevegaran

I JUMPED WHEN HE STARTED FIRING ... Daaamn! ... Good job Officer! I'm happy you survived! ... Geeesus! ... You can have that job by the way! ... God Bless You!!!

NomonK
NomonK

I jumped out of me chair when he fired. Great job Lady of Honor. She unloaded on the scumbag. WOW!

Da$
Da$

Guardian angel with our Sister in blue. Great composure, great radio call, GREAT neautralization of a POS who attempted to murder her. Thank goodness a win. Way too many officers being murdered.

Alrod1936
Alrod1936

Great job!!!!!

sgerrels
sgerrels

Studies have proven that criminals commit fewer crimes after they have been shot

CaliforniaPatriot
CaliforniaPatriot

Where’s that second and third magazine when you need it?

Hannibal
Hannibal

Empty that clip!!!!! Love it! So glad she lived. How is she doing now? Is she ok?

Hannibal
Hannibal

Let me guess, illegal alien.

NickyJ
NickyJ

Now through his sorry ass over the wall

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Incredible Officer!!! Empty that magazine into the thug asshole who tried to kill you. Great job!!! Thanks for saving the taxpayers the money to incarcerate him.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Probably an illegal alien invader but the Corrupt Liberal News media censors that fact.

RickDJ
RickDJ

Thank God and the Sheriff's Department for the body cams. If not for that, the liberal media would make it look like she was gunning for him just because he was Mexican.

Mom2Boys
Mom2Boys

She reacted quickly and professionally. No question about it. But all I could focus on was how very young she sounded. Thankfully she finished her shift and went home to her family. So grateful to the Blue for standing between us and them. 🙏🏻❤️👮‍♀️🚓

VicG
VicG

Good shoot. Glad she's ok. Let's be safe out there...

Jetpilot
Jetpilot

Nice! Good job Deputy!

Sonny43
Sonny43

NAPA (CBS SF) — The man who was shot dead by a Napa County sheriff’s deputy after he fired at her point blank during a traffic stop was a Mexican national in the country illegally after being deported multiple times, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Righton17
Righton17

Close call with a great outcome and justice was served.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Well-done. She acted appropriately and effectively given the circumstances. She went home at the end of shift and he went to the morgue. No appeal on that one and no worry about being deported.....

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Hell yes!!! Another POS illegal criminal dead!!! Officer thank you for saving the tax payers millions by killing this scum!! Another one bites the dust.....🎶

slo1942
slo1942

Atta girl. Great job. She should of waited for back up though!!!

Kevcali
Kevcali

Great job deputy! Thank God for your safety. This is better than deportation! It's DEPARTation!

Bhagler
Bhagler

Good job staying in the fight.....10-8 Going home!

Krimzin
Krimzin

I love it. She never lost her composure. Training took over and she ended the threat. Great Job.

nycpd24
nycpd24

Outstanding shooting. Kudos to Jarecki for a job well done. God Bless Her.

69marine
69marine

Another case that could have left another American citizen dead by an illegal and the Democrats thinks that this is okay!

Righton17
Righton17

Justice was served.

Rocksmyth
Rocksmyth

If the database is mostly people of color ( didn't say what color ) and the Cook County Board is made up of persons of color (didn't say what color), then it makes perfectly good sense to destroy the database . Fox in the henhouse. This is not a racial issue when its the blacks protecting the blacks. My favorite thing to do on Monday morning is to query how many people were shot over the weekend in Chicago.

modixie
modixie

These warm and fuzzy stories with a happy ending make me feel so good.

61mouse
61mouse

This is how they ALL should end

M4Defense
M4Defense

She eliminated the threat, and gets to go home to her family. That's the way is is supposed to end.

Fedupandtired
Fedupandtired

But I thought there was gun control laws in California to prevent this. Good job Deputy.

$franlat_1
$franlat_1

Good job sister!