2 men dead, 2 officers hurt in shootout near Monterey

2 men dead, 2 officers hurt in shootout near Monterey

By Michael Cabanatuan | San Francisco Chronicle

A shootout in a Target parking lot in Sand City, near Monterey, on Monday afternoon ended with two men dead and two police officers injured, according to local media reports.

Sand City police officials confirmed the incident, said what happened was still being sorted out, but said all details would have to come from the Monterey County District Attorney’s office, which did not answer calls.

According to a report from the Monterey County Herald, the two officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The newspaper reported on its website that District Attorney Dean Flippo said the shootout occurred when two Sand City police officers attempted to serve a warrant Monday afternoon outside the store at 20400 California Ave.

No other details were being released. An investigation is ongoing.

Michael Cabanatuan is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: mcabanatuan@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @ctuan


UPDATE – From the Monterey Herald:

Sand City >> The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has identified William Spaits, 27, and Tina Money, 23. as the fatalities in Monday’s police shootout in the parking lot in front of a Target store in the Edgewater Shopping Center.

Spaits was wanted on a no bail parole violation and $300,000 in other outstanding warrants, Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Spaits failed to appear while out on bail, and a warrant was issued for his arrest on September 14. Sand City police were attempting to serve that warrant when the gun battle broke out. The two policemen were wounded and taken to a local hospital. One was released on Monday evening, the second officer was expected to be released Tuesday according to Sand City police.

Spaits was charged with burglary in February 2013, with domestic abuse and robbery in December 2014. He also had previous convictions for check forgery and second degree burglary.

Tina Money was charged in June with child abuse and with possession of controlled substances. The medications she was found to have without prescription were Diazapen, used to treat anxiety disorders; hydrochloride bupropion, an antidepressant; tramadol, a pain reliever; and carisoprodol, a muscle relaxant.

Money was scheduled to appear in court but after failing to show up for three times on Aug. 21, a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Flippo said she had warrants totaling $160,000. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. There was a third person who was taken into custody, Flippo said, but his name is not being released pending further investigation.




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