U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has confirmed that man shot to death earlier this week by a Napa County Sheriff’s deputy was an undocumented immigrant with three previous deportations.
Along a rural road near Napa on Sunday, a deputy of Napa County Sheriff drove by a man seated in his car at about 11 pm. The man shot at the deputy who thereafter returned several fires that led to the death of the man according to the spokesman of Napa County Sheriff, Henry Wofford.
The man has now been identified as Javier Hernandez-Morales, a Mexican national. ICE revealed that he had been deported on three different occasions before 2011, twice in 2007 and once in 2010, for a variety of crimes.
Hernandez-Morales was also issued detainers by ICE on four different occasions for crimes including probation violations, driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of weapons as well as selling liquor to a minor. The detainees were issued to Napa county jail in 2014-2016 - one in each year.
ICE said the situation surrounding the deceased had been a complicated one. They claimed local jails did not honor any of the four detainers they issued and there was an order not to arrest him.
Supervisors in the county said they notified ICE about Hernandez-Moralez getting out of bail in 2010 in accordance with the county's commitment to state law. Napa County is committed to ensuring state laws are followed entirely, Belia Ramos - Napa County Supervisor said.
ICE said it is unfortunate that the community and enforcement agents are put in harm's way as criminal aliens are protected by inflexible state laws and therefore expressed its gratitude that the deputy was not affected.
The deputy involved has now been placed on administrative leave.
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