Vista, CA–The Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate the deputy-involved shooting involving 28-year-old Omar Rojas.
On September 30, Rojas was released from the hospital and booked into the Vista Detention Facility. He is currently in custody and charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, resisting arrest, and felony vandalism, according to Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lieutenant Thomas Seiver.
The deputy involved in this shooting is identified as Deputy Justin Williams. Deputy Williams has been employed with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department for about eleven months and is currently assigned to the Vista Patrol Station.
As in all deputy-involved shootings, the deputy is currently on administrative assignment until he is cleared to return to full duty.
On September 28, just before 12:30 p.m., a man parked behind a vacant building in the 1500 block of North Santa Fe Avenue in Vista. Rojas allegedly approached the man acting bizarrely.
During this exchange, Rojas produced a knife. The man locked himself in his vehicle and called 9-1-1. Rojas slashed two of the man’s tires. When Sheriff’s deputies arrived, Rojas fled into a residential neighborhood.
Bystanders directed the deputies to the backyard of a residence on the 1500 block of Kiva Lane. Deputies found him in the backyard. They tried to deescalate the situation, but Rojas armed himself with what deputies believed to be a rifle. During the confrontation, one deputy discharged his firearm striking Rojas.
The deputies quickly secured Rojas so fire personnel could provide medical aid. He was transported by ambulance to a local area hospital for treatment. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
No deputies were injured. The people who live at the residence were not home at the time of the shooting. The pellet rifle Rojas armed himself with belonged to the residents and was kept in the backyard.
A pellet rifle and two knives were located at the scene where Rojas was shot.