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Man Shot by Napa Cop was Unarmed, Authorities Say

The man injured in Sunday night's officer-involved shooting in a south Napa backyard was unarmed, according to a report in the Napa Valley Register. A brother-in-law says he is a Mexican drug addict who was afraid of being deported and losing his family.

The man who was shot in the face by a Napa police officer after a foot chase ended in a struggle Sunday night was an unarmed Mexican meth addict afraid of losing his family, according to a report in the .

In "Relative defends man shot by police," brother-in-law Steve Aldama tells Register reporter Kerana Todorov that Luis Armando Contreras, the man shot by officer Thomas Keener, went to the on Imola Avenue to buy methamphetamine, to which he is addicted.

Contreras was not armed, authorities said, and Aldama tells the Register his brother-in-law ran from Keener because he was afraid of being deported to Mexico and separated from his wife and child.

After the shooting just before 11 p.m. Sunday, Contreras was transferred from to a hospital in Sonoma County where he was in a medically-induced coma but expected to survive, according to the , which is investigating the shooting.

Keener has been placed on administrative leave, standard Napa Police Department policy following an officer-involved shooting, said sheriff's Lieut. Tracey Stuart.

Less than two days after Contreras was shot, Napa police arrested a 59-year-old man they said had a "large package of methamphetamine" with him in the area of the 7-Eleven at Imola Avenue and Parrish Road: Please see ."

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tom merle May 18, 2012 at 06:52 AM
Good heavens Louisa. How is "a Mexican drug addict ..." different from "a drug-addicted Mexican..." You're trying to split hairs to avoid being called a racist. Our hyper sensitivity has come to this. Ridiculous.
Louisa Hufstader May 18, 2012 at 12:14 PM
It's not different, Tom. I just prefer the way it looks and sounds. Very seldom do I nail something on the "first take!"
Matt Grantham May 18, 2012 at 02:04 PM
It will be interesting to see if witnesses are allowed to speak to the media, or as the case with the Poccia shooting, where they were told to be quiet
Louisa Hufstader May 21, 2012 at 05:37 PM
"Napapaisa," we have had an email from Sheriff's Detective Patrick McMahon, who is investigating this shooting, asking your witness friend to come forward so police can interview him about what he saw. Could you please ask him to call the detective at (707) 299-1521? I know you are interested in the outcome of the investigation and they are asking for your help.
Louisa Hufstader May 21, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Update to my earlier comment: Detective McMahon clarifies that he's not the lead investigator on this case, just assisting to make sure detectives have been able to interview all the witnesses. It's possible "Napapaisa"'s friend has already spoken with the investigators, McMahon said; he just wanted to make sure they hadn't missed anyone.

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