Yakima Man Confronts Home Invader, Do You Shoot? He Did, Now What
Yakima County Prosecutor Joe Brusic has decided not to charge a man after a shooting June 24 at a Yakima RV park in which a burglar was shot dead. Shortly after the shooting, police questioned the shooter, identified as Gali Saltos he was then released by police saying they believed the shooting was justified.
THE PROSECUTOR SAYS HE WAS PROTECTING HIS FAMILY
Now the Yakima County Prosecutor has made a final decision. In a press release Brusic says "it is my official decision to not charge Gali Saltos with murder based upon his use of lethal force in protecting himself, his fiance and their six children who were all present at the time of the shooting inside their residence in the Sunshine RV Park in the 200 block of East N Street.
THE SUSPECT WAS SHOT AFTER THREATENING TO GRAB THE GUN
Before the shooting, the resident, Gali Saltos found the suspect, Jose Mendoza-Martinez in a back bedroom and confronted him with a Glock handgun.
The release from the County Prosecutors office says "Mr. Saltos continued to point the gun at the intruder, Mendoza-Martinez while he was lying down and then as he sat on the bed. At that point, Mendoza-Martinez then began saying strange things to Saltos. He said, "I'm with Villalobos" and "you're a marked man". Mr. Mendoza-Martinez said, "Do you have a twenty-two?" and then followed that up with "When I jump for that gun, you're not going to like it." The resident, Saltos tried to push him back on the bed as he attempted to get up, but Mendoza-Martinez continued his efforts to stand up and move towards the bedroom door. At that point, Mendoza-Martinez dropped his hand down towards his side and lunged at Gali Saltos. Mr. Saltos then fired his pistol, striking Mendoza-Martinez five times. He died at the scene from those gunshots.
AUTHORITIES SAY THE INTRUDER WAS A NEIGHBOR WHO LIVED NEXT DOOR
Authorities say Mendoza-Martinez was a neighbor who lived next door to the family. He lived only feet from the home where he died because of the close proximity of mobile homes in the park. The Yakima County Prosecutor Joe Brusic says based on the evidence he's decided to not file charges in the case saying "I find that the force used was both reasonable and necessary under the law. Mr. Saltos will not be charged with a crime for this lawful use of force."