A Vallejo police officer killed Neftali Monterrosa’s son Tuesday morning
Sean Monterrosa, a 22-year-old San Francisco resident, was killed by an as-yet-unidentified Vallejo police officer as he knelt outside a Walgreens Tuesday morning. According to the SF Chronicle, Monterrosa is the son of Neftali Monterrosa, who for 24 years has worked at the Castro’s Anchor Oyster Bar, a longstanding local seafood restaurant and fish market.
According to Vallejo Police Chief Shawny Williams, the officer who shot Sean Monterrosa — an 18 year veteran of the force — was called to the scene shortly after 12 a.m. Tuesday on reports of a robbery. Williams says that as Monterrosa was on his knees on the pavement, the officer thought he saw a gun in his waistband. When Monterrosa moved his hands, the officer “responded to a perceived threat” and shot him five times, through the windshield of his police department vehicle.
But the item the police officer saw wasn’t a gun, Williams admits, it was a hammer. The San Jose Mercury News reports that “it took more than 24 hours for Vallejo police to publicly confirm that an officer had killed a man,” and that at the press conference at which Williams discussed the shooting, the chief refused to answer questions on if “he believed the officer’s actions constituted excessive force.” Williams did, however, list previous criminal allegations against Monterrosa, and said that his department has been “overwhelmed” during the last few days of protest against the death of George Floyd, as well as concurrent incidents of property damage and theft.
Speaking with ABC 7, Neftali Monterrosa — who was a doctor in his home country of Argentina, but after moving to the U.S. entered the restaurant industry — says that Vallejo police didn’t even let them know about his son’s death. Instead, Sean’s girlfriend had to tell his family that he had been killed. “She got the phone call and they say, Sean is dead. I started crying,” Neftali Monterrosa says. “I called my wife after that and she was very strong.”
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