DA: Police not at fault in death of Jonni Honda
Officers involved in the December shooting of Jonni Honda acted lawfully and in self defense, according to a copy of a report released by the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office today.
Jonni Kiyoshi Honda, 51, of Big Bar, was killed in a standoff last December when detectives learned he was in a room at the Super 8 Motel in Eureka and showed up to arrest him on suspicion of child molestation.
"Compelling evidence establishes that Officer (Joe) Marsh, Officer (Rob) Mataxas and Sgt. (Michael) Johnson were presented with a situation that actually and reasonably appeared to be a life-threatening situation to some or all of them and others," said the report from District Attorney Paul Gallegos. "In fear for their lives, and the lives of others, and forced to make split-second decisions because of the nature of the circumstances and locations of the respective parties, they fired several rounds at Honda ending the threat posed by Honda by his death."
The report said the use of deadly force was "reasonable and justified."
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