Man shot by police booked into jail


Allegedly charged officer with knives

WATSONVILLE — The man who was shot by a Watsonville Police officer after charging the officer with two kitchen knives was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail Tuesday after his release from a hospital, Watsonville Police spokeswoman Michelle Pulido said Wednesday.

Isaias Aguilar, 22, is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday morning in Santa Cruz County Superior Court.

The officer who shot the suspect once was placed on administrative leave on Aug. 15 and has since returned to full duty while the DA continues its investigation. 

The incident began on Aug. 15 when police received a call from a family that a man in their residence was under the influence of drugs, hallucinating and armed with two knives.

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Aguilar was not at the home when the officer arrived. About 30 minutes later police responded to a call for a man with a similar description who was in the intersection of Main Street and Ohlone Parkway, throwing rocks at vehicles and charging them.

Aguilar, who was holding two kitchen knives, charged an arriving officer, who shot Aguilar once in the abdomen.

The officer, identified as Matt Williams, was not injured. He was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.


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