VIDEO: Would-Be Cop Killer Pulls Gun On Cops, Gets Destroyed In Gunfight

The San Joaquin District Attorney's Office ruled that both Lodi officers who shot Matthew Palaita used reasonable force.

Lodi, CA – The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office ruled that two Lodi police officers’ fatal shooting of a man during a traffic stop was justified (video below).

The shooting occurred on Oct. 23, 2017 after officers stopped a white Honda Pilot in the 900-block of North Pleasant Avenue, KCRA reported.

Dashcam video of the incident showed Lodi Police Officer Daniel Bristow standing beside the driver’s window of the stopped vehicle when he told the dispatcher he needed additional units at the traffic stop.

While they were waiting for backup to arrive, Officer Bristow saw the backseat passenger – 35-year-old Matthew Palaita – throw something into the back cargo area of the SUV, according to the Record.

When Lodi Police Officer Dominic Carillo arrived on the scene, the video showed Officer Bristow directed him to the back passenger side door and told him that Palaita was hiding something.

“Dom, if you come up on the passenger side, there’s one hiding back here. He threw something in the backseat,” Officer Bristow told his backup.

Officer Carillo opened up the passenger side rear door and asked Palaita what was going on and told him to step out of the vehicle, bodycam showed.

Palaita replied that he was sick.

“Man, here man,” Palaita said suddenly, turning sideways in his seat to face Officer Carillo. “I’m f--king tired of your f--king s--t, yo.”

“Let me see your hands,” Officer Carillo ordered him in the video. He proceeded to give the command several more time, as did Officer Bristow, and Palaita ignored them both.

Officer Bristow went to pull the driver out of the front seat.

Then, all of a sudden, the video showed Palaita jumped out of the SUV with a gun in his right hand, pointed at Officer Carillo.

″... Mr. Palaita quickly removed his right hand from the cargo area and began to exit the vehicle pointing a Harrington & Richardson .22-caliber revolver directly at Officer Carillo,” the district attorney’s report said.

Both Officers Carillo and Bristow opened fire on Palaita, taking him to the ground.

The officers took lifesaving measures after they shot him, but Palaita was pronounced dead on the scene, KCRA reported.

The district attorney’s report said that Palaita was struck five times by the officers’ bullets.

The driver of the SUV told police that as they were being pulled over that day, Palaita had said “Ah man, I can’t go to jail,” according to the Record.

The driver remained down on the pavement where Officer Bristow had put him just before gunfire erupted and was not injured, the video showed.

Investigators from the district attorney’s office, the Lodi Police Department, the San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office, and the California Department of Justice conducted the investigation, the Record reported.

On Friday, the San Joaquin District Attorney’s Office announced that “... in light of all the evidence obtained from the multi-task force investigation, it is the opinion of the District Attorney that the lethal use of force used by both Officer Daniel Bristow and Officer Dominic Carillo, on October 23, 2017, was justified, and that no criminal charges are warranted.”

The investigation was actually completed in April, but the district attorney’s office postponed the announcement at the request of Palaita’s family, who live far away and needed to make travel arrangements to be present, KCRA reported.

Watch the traffic stop and shooting in the video below (the action starts at 4:45.) WARNING: Graphic Content.

Comments (16)
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Goodguys
Goodguys

Great work officers, that was a shitty position to be in with two suspects in the vehicle exiting opposite ends at the same time. Glad you’re safe and went home safe at the end of your shift while sending the POS where he needed to be.

Kdye
Kdye

Incident happened in OCT '17...and they are just being cleared?

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Well, he isn't sick anymore :)

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Of course back in 2017 the family was insinuating that the cops murdered their family member. They even started a GoFundMe asking for $50,000 for legal fees so they can get justice!! They didnt even get $3,000!! LOL No ghetto lottery for you!! LMAO!!

gcd
gcd

POS got exactly what he deserved!

PunkinPye
PunkinPye

Thanks to the department for the great training of these officers. I am glad both officers are ok.

Patriot1midwestern
Patriot1midwestern

Life can be so great if you didn't wake up every morning as a POS scumbag....

jimmyfboyd1234
jimmyfboyd1234

He had an open container of Budweiser in door holder as well

Louise S
Louise S

It's hard to hear but the driver on the ground was upset, asking the cops 'why did they have to shoot his car full of holes'. Didn't give a damn that the cops just smoked his buddy. Thug life...world star's poster boy. Nice job officers.

Wickedsharp
Wickedsharp

Things happen so fast. Glad these OFCRS are going home.

NoBackupNearby
NoBackupNearby

Glad to see both officers survived and went home that evening. Sorry the criminal put them in that position; easier said than done but they should not feel bad about anything.

TangoTango
TangoTango

Excellent reaction time for these fine Officers!!!! Thank You both for great service!!!! I was so glad the Primary Officer did NOT take for granted the threat was over and kept firing after this LOSER THUG was on the ground!!!

Oh, you’re sick of the Cops doing their difficult and dangerous job? Well, step on out here with a firearm in your Loser Thug hands and we will cure you of your sickness!!! In fact, as two of Lodi’s finest, we’ll cure you of every sickness you could ever get!!! Oh and you will get to rest now in a plush bed with a lid on it!!!

Nature’s way of thinning the herd!!! Somebody needs to get big bunch of cowboys together and collect the herd of Thugs in So. Cal. and herd them up north into Glacier National Park and tie them each up to a tree and hang some blood soaked clothes up in a couple of the trees with them. Let nature do the rest!!!!

Yahderhey
Yahderhey

California’s finest

Ace17
Ace17

Awesome Sandy!!! 🙂🙂🙂