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Crime scene tape blocks Transportation Court, near the 3300 block of North Texas Street, Friday in Fairfield, after an officer-involved shooting early this morning. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)


Police arrest 2 after officer-involved shooting

By From page A1 | March 08, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Two men are in custody after an early morning officer-involved shooting at a motel on the 3300 block of North Texas Street.

Officers responded to a call of windows being broken at 4:10 a.m. Friday and as they were investigating, they saw someone run from the scene, according to a press release from the Fairfield Police Department.

Officers chased the man, who police said pulled out a handgun and fired at them. They were not hit and returned fire, hitting the man in the leg.

Jerry Andrews, 30, of Fairfield, was taken into custody and transported to a hospital with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening. He will be booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer, possession of narcotics for sale, being a felon in possession of a firearm and criminal conspiracy, according to the press release.

Police said Andrews has a lengthy criminal history.

During the course of the investigation, police said they found that several shots had been fired at the motel. They also arrested 23-year-old Fairfield resident Aaron Minor on suspicion of possession of narcotics for sale and criminal conspiracy. He is described as an “associate” of Andrews.

Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, according to the press release. That’s standard policy in an officer-involved shooting.

Investigators remained on the scene several hours after the incident.

This is the first officer-involved shooting in Fairfield this year. There were three fatal officer-involved shootings in Fairfield in 2013.

An officer-involved shooting in Vacaville on Jan. 30 left a man with minor injuries after the driver of a car allegedly picked up speed and drove the car at officers working a traffic stop. Fearing for their lives, officers opened fire. A bullet hit a passenger in the leg.

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Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope is a former Daily Republic editor. He began his career at the DR in the last millennium. He spent 24 years as a sports editor, associate editor and news editor before leaving the Daily Republic in 2014. Brad lives in Suisun City with his wife, Mrs. Brad, and two sons. He enjoys cheese.

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  • elleryMarch 08, 2014 - 1:46 am

    This story does not have a happy ending. These officers need to spend their paid vacation days off at the Range, make every shot count. Can you imagine being a traveler trying to get some sleep at this motel ?

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  • GemmaMarch 08, 2014 - 5:22 am

    If the county didn't have a revolving door at the jail, maybe this wouldn't keep happening. The police know Minor. This place is a joke. Police do their jobs, only to have the people they arrest released back onto the streets with a slap on the wrist, so they can re offend.

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  • YoshidaMarch 08, 2014 - 6:09 am

    You can thank Gov. Brown and AB109. Local jails are overcrowded. Inmates are sleeping on mattresses on the floor leading to complaints of inhumane treatment. The jail is bursting at the seams and must make room..so what is your solution?

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  • Mr. JonesMarch 08, 2014 - 8:53 am

    Yoshida, just how should the Governor responded to the Federal Court order to reduce California's prison population? What it the solution? You blame Brown!? He just lobbied successfully to get California a two year extension & budgeted more for private prisons out of state. This is in the news if you care to google it... A federal court gave California two more years Monday to reduce the population of its overcrowded prisons, yielding to pressure from state officials who said they could meet an impending deadline only by shipping thousands of inmates to other states. The three-judge court had initially set a June 2013 deadline for the state to lower the inmate population to 37.5 percent above its designed capacity in order to reduce overcrowding that had undermined prison health care. The court extended the deadline several times. The latest deadline was Feb. 24, but on Monday, the court said it was reluctantly granting Gov. Jerry Brown's request for another two years. The main reason, the court said, was a warning from state officials that they would respond to an order for immediate compliance by transferring more inmates to prisons in other states, joining 8,900 California prisoners already locked up out of state.

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  • patrickMarch 08, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    MR JONES, thank you for setting things straight. I also read all the news and am always amazed at citizens who don't.

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  • MDSMarch 08, 2014 - 9:52 pm

    It's one thing to shoot at a paper target and another to shoot at a live person who is moving and shooting at you. Sounds to me like the officers did very good in this situation.

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  • JBMarch 08, 2014 - 6:47 am

    Keep voting for these bleeding heart liberals and pretty soon jails will be outlawed because people do not like them. People vote on something and it passes and a small group of people disagree with it and they get their way the vote is reversed.

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  • boomMarch 08, 2014 - 2:32 pm

    @JB-Keep voting for tough on crime conservatives who wants lock everyone up and throw away the key-ON THE TAXPAYERS DIME!!! Why are we in this mess? Because in the 1990's Pete Wilson caved to the voters on 3 strikes to win a re-election bid. Well Pete got his reelection, the guys stealing candy bars got their life sentences and we the taxpayers footed the bill. So before you listen to this guy berate bleeding heart liberals, just remember it was the hard-line conservatives that got us into this mess in the first place.

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  • Solano CountyMarch 08, 2014 - 3:01 pm

    I think a solution is to build more prisons and stop spending millions on free education, free healthcare, free workout equipment, free cable, free reading materials, etc. If a prisoner wants nice things they (or their family) can pay for them, not us tax payers. If a person who has committed two felonies, commits a third, I dont care what they steal, they should spend the rest of their life in a crappy prison, eating crappy food, and receiving crappy healthcare!!!! If you dont like it, dont commit crimes! If the Solano County DA's office continues to simply slap criminals on the wrist, VOTE THEM OUT!! Mr. DuBain, I hope your days are limited. Your office has VERY low conviction rates, provides criminals with unreasonable plea deals, and refuses to file more cases than any other bay area county.

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  • FrankMarch 08, 2014 - 3:05 pm

    My thoughts are with the police officers, their families, and the Fairfield Police Department. Officers put their lives on the line to protect us, our families, and our community. Thank you all for what you do!! I support the department, and each of you that are on the front lines protecting us. Its too bad this pile of garbage will have someone defending his actions in court.

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  • JBMarch 08, 2014 - 2:54 pm

    Boom maybe if they stayed locked up and served their debt to society we would not have this problem. They did something to have the two prior strikes which are felonies. I guess taxpayers do not pay for new cars when they are stolen or their belongings are taken right Boom?

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  • boomMarch 08, 2014 - 6:29 pm

    Not at all JB- I just don't think someone stealing your $20k car is worth me spending $150,000 for the 3 years you want him locked up for. As for if they had stayed locked up, you show your ignorance, can you please go to cdcr.ca.gov and look up the recidivism rates for those on early release. Know facts and numbers when you make statements which might be in the popular opinion, but are not necessarily facts.

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  • JBMarch 08, 2014 - 7:33 pm

    Boom I guess it is ok that someone takes my vehicle without my permission, you are good with this, despite my life being turned upsidedown. Ok, they are career criminals and have committed several offenses before they are caught and prosecuted. Why don't you let a registered sex offender live with you and let me know how that works out for you since you are so intelligent.

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  • boomMarch 08, 2014 - 8:55 pm

    Look at the facts, in fact look at the reports section on top of www.cdcr.ca.gov , then stop guessing as to what my moral values are. I didn't say your car was worthless, even though I highly doubt you have lost your car and furthermore if you did, its your own fault for not being fully covered if you feel your vehicle is worth enough to be stolen. I said giving someone 16 months, 2 or 3 years in prison at a taxpayer cost of $150,000 is not equitable nor does it make sense for the ultimate cost of the punishment of the crime to cost 7 times more than the piece of property that was stolen. That's grade school math right there.

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