Fairfield Police Provide Details on Events that Led to Shooting of Concord Suspect

March 29, 2016 23:08 pm · 62 comments

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Fairfield police provided details today on the events that led up to an officer-involved shooting Monday that hospitalized a suspect who was wanted for a shooting last week that injured a child in Concord.

The incident began with a citizen calling Fairfield police at about 12:40 p.m. Monday to report they were driving behind a man they recognized from news reports as 32-year-old Concord resident James Jarrard.

Jarrard, who was being sought in connection with a drive-by shooting that left an 8-year-old boy with a gunshot wound on Friday, was allegedly driving a vehicle reported stolen out of Walnut Creek.

Police said the citizen followed Jarrard to a parking lot in the 3400 block of North Texas Street. He was still in the parking lot when responding officers arrived, standing outside his vehicle, police said.

Jarrard fled upon seeing the officers, police said. He ran east through the parking lot and then headed south behind a business as an officer called for him to stop, police added.

He entered a service alley between the store and a large retaining wall, where officers blocked his retreat by splitting up and entering the alley in both directions, police said.

Jarrard saw that police vehicles had blocked the southern end of the alley after rounding a shipment container in the alley and responded by turning around to exit the way he came in, police said.

Jarrard began reaching and grabbing at his waistband area as he ran directly toward officers pursuing him from the alley’s northern end, police said.

Fearing that the suspect was reaching for a weapon, an officer identified as 9-year department veteran Zachary Sandoval pulled out his pistol and fired two shots at Jarrard, police said.

One of the bullets, fired from around 55 yards away, struck Jarrard in the right side of his neck. Officers took him into custody and administered medical aid until paramedics arrived, police said.

Jarrard was taken to a hospital in critical condition. This afternoon, his condition has been upgraded to stable but he remains in the hospital.

No weapon was found in Jarrard’s possession or in the area where the shooting occurred. He told investigators he was reaching down to pull up his pants during the pursuit, police said.

The shooting has been under investigation by the Fairfield Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force as well as the Solano County District Attorney’s Office.

Sandoval, in accordance with department protocol, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Once Jarrard is released from the hospital, he is expected to be arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, violating his parole, possessing a stolen car, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, along with counts stemming from the arrest warrant from Concord.

Concord police broadcasted Jarrard’s description after an 8-year-old boy was shot in the 2900 block of La Salle Avenue at 5:50 p.m. Friday. The boy had been outside playing when he was shot in the neck in a drive-by shooting, police said.

The boy’s family took him to John Muir Medical Center. He was later transferred to Children’s Hospital in Oakland and is recovering. Police said the motive remains unclear, but said the family knows Jarrard.

Concord police officials were not immediately available to provide an update on the boy’s condition or the ongoing investigation into that case.

Wear Floral Patterns March 29, 2016 at 11:16 PM

Shot in neck…call that karma

Hope any stress the officer endured by shooting the guy is minimal to none.

karma? March 29, 2016 at 11:20 PM

shot in the neck? Ain’t karma a byotch?

Dr. Strangelove March 29, 2016 at 11:37 PM

Shot while pulling up your pants….That’ll be a good one to tell the boys in the yard…Right after they hear the one about how you shot a little kid…IN THE NECK…..

My kingdom for a belt! March 29, 2016 at 11:55 PM

It’s hard to run when your
pants keep falling down!

Wage Slave March 30, 2016 at 12:01 AM

While I am nominally against losing bullets against a suspect that hasn’t presented a weapon or other lethal threat, I think the officer can be forgiven for thinking a guy that just shot an 8 year old kid would also pull a gun on a cop.

Two shots from 55 yards, connecting with one, is a heck of a shot with a pistol while amped up on adrenaline. Perhaps they were armed with patrol rifles?

tex March 30, 2016 at 12:36 AM

Thank you to the vigilant resident who notified police.

As for this creep, instant Karma’s got you, knocked you right on the head…

bubbles March 30, 2016 at 12:59 AM

So the officers neck shot was about 2″ off to the right and the 2nd one missed?. The next 10+ shots should have been fired to take care of business.

J. March 30, 2016 at 1:15 AM

Eye for an eye.

A shot in the neck for a shot in the neck.


I judged a very pretty young lady the other day who worked at McDonald’s and had a huge colorful tattoo on her neck. Later I sat behind her at Taco Bell and I then notice that there were large protruding red skin tags around her tattoo and then I began to think the tattoo was there to neutralize the stigma of the bright red skin tags. Then I felt like a schmuck. It was a lovely tattoo. I just initially thought it was a bad call to put it on ones’ neck. Silly me for being judgmental.

That's Mr Pugnacious to you March 30, 2016 at 5:00 AM

Too bad the bullet didn’t whack him in the head. Less paperwork.

Yup March 30, 2016 at 5:02 AM

Definitely KARMA

Only here March 30, 2016 at 5:42 AM

Pulling up his pants is now the twinkie defense? Oh heck no. You run you can get shot. Hands up or risk the consequences. Them’s the rules. Good job alert citizens and PD!

Check Yourself Rodney! March 30, 2016 at 5:46 AM


!El Classico! March 30, 2016 at 6:03 AM

Once in a great while, justice is served. And with a flourish.

I hope this sets a precedent. Screwing around with your stupid saggy pants may he interpreted as drawing a weapon, with possible appropriate consequences.

GOTCHA YOU COWARD March 30, 2016 at 6:44 AM

To bad that bullet was not up and over a little. What he did was a coward move to say the least. If you have a “beef” with someone, go up and handle it like a man the way it was done in the past. Instead you are going to shoot while driving in a car. He is just a PUNK and hopefully will be delt with in jail after hurting a child.

TMJ March 30, 2016 at 6:55 AM

Great Job to the Fairfield PD! Thank you for helping to get this guy off the streets. Lock him up and throw away the key… people like this don’t change, or as my Grandpa used to say “Zebra’s don’t lose their stripes”

Beacon March 30, 2016 at 7:18 AM

Hitting the douche with a shot from a pistol at 55 yards seems like a pretty good shot.

micheLLeS March 30, 2016 at 7:19 AM

It’s called Karma and it’s pronounced “haha fu*k you”.

Mike the K March 30, 2016 at 7:27 AM

55 yards and a moving target, good shootin’.
Good job PD.

Justin March 30, 2016 at 7:28 AM

Also shot in the neck – what are the odds?

CPD with the eagle eye.

Mr. Pink March 30, 2016 at 7:29 AM

Sagging led to his down fall.

anon March 30, 2016 at 7:30 AM

Pants on the ground – one in the neck –works for us

Simonpure March 30, 2016 at 7:32 AM

Officer should have his weapon sited. Sounds like it’s firing a bit to his left.

19 March 30, 2016 at 7:35 AM

Let that be a lesson pull up your pants and maybe ware a belt or get shot in the neck lol

TIFOKCIS March 30, 2016 at 7:52 AM

Shot in the neck while reaching down to pull up its pants…………….oh the irony.

anon March 30, 2016 at 7:56 AM

Running towards the police.. he was probably reaching for a gun he didnt realize was there that hes used to having. Running towards police pulling up your pants makes no sense. Great job FPD

anon March 30, 2016 at 7:57 AM

*wasnt there

Fed up March 30, 2016 at 8:41 AM

Karma!! Love it.. Yet another reason to not wear your pants sagging down to your knees!! Great job fpd and cpd.. Great shot!! Now if cps can just do their part and ensure these children grow up in a safer environment

Dr. Jellyfinger March 30, 2016 at 8:54 AM

Now when people kid me about wearing suspenders, I can point out that it’s to my advantage when fleeing from the police! Yeah! laugh that off as you’re tripping over your Levi’s…. getting shot in the butt… while I’m gingerly hopping over a fence. Foolish slaves to fashion!

GV pilot March 30, 2016 at 8:54 AM

Good job to Fairfield pd and to the alert citizen who recognized the outstanding individual. Weather he did or didn’t reach for his waist band, this shooting is absolutely justified in my opinion.

Dr. Jellyfinger March 30, 2016 at 9:07 AM

Not that I’m a criminal…. well, unless malpractice is a crime. It’s more like an innocent mistake… except for that one time. I can’t really be blamed tho.. it was one of those situations where I just couldn’t prescribe the correct… desperately needed… life saving medication, while the patient’s hot wife was looking me up and down… smiling and winking at me. I mean, Geez!

Silva March 30, 2016 at 9:37 AM

Justin, FPD.

dogbertt March 30, 2016 at 9:47 AM

Officer Sandoval is a hero. Let’s hope the Fairfield Police Dep’t. and Solano County DA do the right thing and rule this shooting justified.

Kirkwood March 30, 2016 at 9:50 AM

The police shot an unarmed man and he survived, this case is going to be a can of worms.

THE ANIMAL March 30, 2016 at 9:51 AM

It’s to bad this P.O.S. is still sucking air…………………….

Concord Guy March 30, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Shot in the neck by a police officer? What an outrage! Poor James was just beginning to turn his life around…

(Note to literalists…this is a sarcastic comment)

Kid March 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Always fearing for their lives mhmm. “I THOUGHT he MIGHT be getting SOMETHING and it POSIBBLY COULD have been a weapon MAYBE.”
That’s grounds for self defense only for cops…
Not us.. We would be going to prison

J. March 30, 2016 at 11:10 AM

Known violent, unarmed criminals can be shot in the back, legally, if they are fleeing, to stop them and prevent further violence or danger to the community. Innocent until proven guilty does not apply to a dangerous fleeing felon. I have studied this and that is a fact, Jack. Armed ones can be shot in the back too. Shooting them in the front is totally justified if they are disobeying direct orders to stop. I am sure the police were all shouting “get down on the ground, get down on the ground” and he chose to advance on them. Dingbat.

CCW March 30, 2016 at 11:22 AM

He was a good boy who didn’t do nothing! They shot him while he was unarmed. Etc.. Etc.. Said no sane person ever, but if he was black, believe this would have been picked up by BLM and shapton.

Disgusted March 30, 2016 at 12:24 PM

As part of my job, I take interns to tour San Quentin. You are side by side with the prisoners and some tell their stories. I can’t help but notice that, as they say-“I am in for murder. I was in a group with armed robbers. Someone got shot.” Or, the best one yet, I was with a gang, had a knife….someone got their throat slashed.” I wonder how?? I’m all about keeping these guys locked up or put out of their misery-especially if they hurt a child.

Dizzy Lizzy March 30, 2016 at 2:35 PM

It’s too bad his condition was upgraded to stable, I was hoping he would die.

WC resident March 30, 2016 at 2:37 PM

” He told investigators he was reaching down to pull up his pants during the pursuit” is the best news of the month!

I’m now encouraging all thugs to be as baggy -ssed with your pants/shorts as possible.

Good shooting as the LEO hit a moving target using a handgun from 55 yards. It’s odd that the suspect was hit the neck much the same as the original 8-year victim was also hit.

former concord resident... March 30, 2016 at 3:25 PM

i agree .. if it was a white on blk crime . riots…..

well its a mexican on white crime
boycott taco bell


all jokes aside
may the little boy recover..
btw did you see the news . another dude was tatted aswell
gang stuff fir sure

Firstw March 30, 2016 at 3:35 PM

Interesting on a few levels:

-Cops killed an unarmed white man and nobody cares,
-He was reaching to pull up his baggy/saggy pants and gets shot,
-He gets shot in the neck after shooting the kid in the neck,
-The family is interviewed on T.V., mom and step-dad have tattoos on their faces and step-dad looks like he’s been in prison.

You can’t make this stuff up!

Silva March 30, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Meth… who’d have thunk it.

former concord resident... March 30, 2016 at 4:20 PM

i thought the same
hopefully the boy will stay away from neck and tatts on the face ..
its hard to get a decent job with all that art work…feel sorry for the young kid, really do… hopefully the pos that shot him , end up passing on… even if he feels bad .. he still shot at a person with the young kid in line of fire,, total bs,,,… i dont think drugs had anything to do with it ,, btw,,,,
probably over the female..

b March 30, 2016 at 4:50 PM

Great job Zachary Sandoval!!! we applaud you!!!

Mika March 30, 2016 at 4:57 PM

That should teach all those “saggers” to wear a belt. You can’t run from the cops when your pants are at your knees or you keep having to pull your pants up. Done blame the officer for assuming he was reaching for a gun in his waist.

George March 30, 2016 at 5:21 PM

“he is expected to be arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, violating his parole, possessing a stolen car, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, along with counts stemming from the arrest warrant from Concord.”

Attempted Murder should of been first on this list. This guy is extremely dangerous. Thanks for taking him off the streets!

Easy Time March 30, 2016 at 6:10 PM

For violating his parole democrats took care of that back in 2011.
Most he can get for a parole violation is 180 days County Jail time.

STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN March 31, 2016 at 2:18 AM

Another ‘James’ that’s bad news.

STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN March 31, 2016 at 2:24 AM

Fairfield citiizen; Great Job! wonder if it was a man or woman and if the recognized JJ from the news only, or if they knew him otherwise?

FPD; Sounds like this was handled professionally. Only two shots from one officer even when there were more at the incident. Maybe others can learn how not to fire ten times from each officer on location.

STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN March 31, 2016 at 2:31 AM

So Ironic
Shot in the ‘neck’. If you cant read ‘you reap what you sow’ into that….
Shot due to ‘pants on the ground’ syndrome. I wonder if this is his first time being shot. And if there’s some slight possibility to change.

Frog Voice March 31, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Poor guy, he’s one cell short of a real brain trust. Just look at him. He has the wonderment of an 8-year old yet he’s wielding guns at children. Looks like he missed a few things in life . . . hope he enjoys prison

Bert March 31, 2016 at 2:45 PM
GoGo Gomez March 31, 2016 at 3:10 PM

Looks like that whole family bad news.

PHILTHYphresh April 1, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Police are shooting unarmed “suspects” left and right, meantime the citizens are being disarmed, and the 2nd Ammendment rights are being limited by the day. What’s going to happen when the police and military and criminals are the only ones left with guns?

AMEN PHILTHYphresh April 1, 2016 at 12:27 PM

AMEN PHILTHYphresh… And I will add this; not only our 2nd amendment rights but our fourth amendment rights are beginning to be trampled more and more with every passing day yet nobody but us select few even seam to notice let alone care. It’s a sad state of affairs when we begin to allow the most basic of rights that our forefathers founded this country on. Sorry to light weight hijack the comments regarding this story to shed light on these sad but true facts but it is the bigger picture. I send my thoughts and prayers to the family of and the eight year old who was injured by the careless actions of one. As far as the suspect goes, thanks for helping the government strengthen their case against our second amendment rights a-hole. I wonder what the actual statistics are for responsible firearm owners vs. each one of these cases of reckless use of an unregistered firearm is… Likely far better then they (our government) would have you know the actual truth of I’m sure.

frustrated April 1, 2016 at 3:01 PM

Any updates?

Dissappoint April 3, 2016 at 9:01 AM

Apparently our police need more shooting practice, a neck shot? Really?

Should have been a head shot!!

Girl who knows April 4, 2016 at 7:58 PM

I know this man, and I know his two sons. I am friends with both his ex’s. What he did was wrong, but remember he is human, and non of you are perfect. So before you judge just look at yourself. Let’s think about all the lives that are affected by this
The little boy who was shot I pray for a speedy recovery, for James’ s sons I pray that one day they get to see their dad.

Frustrated April 4, 2016 at 8:22 PM

Of course he is human and of course no one is perfect, however this man pulled up to a house and purposely shot where children were playing. This is not his first run in with the law. I do not think most people feel sympathetic

sad for the kid April 4, 2016 at 8:52 PM

I am sad for the child who was shot. Hope he gets in a better situation. Not so sad for his parents, who put him in an unsafe situation. I know people who know the mom and her FB page has comments like “The haters on claycord are amusement for us”. Anyone who finds anything remotely amusing about their child getting shot deserves no sympathy, By all account from those who know them, it was drug related. Bring drugs into your home, you are putting your children at risk. Girl who know, I am not perfect. All of us make mistakes, these people, the parents of the child and James have made some VERY BAD life choices that hurt an innocent child. He did not accidentally pick up a gun and accidentally drive by the house and accidentally put his arm out the window and shoot. I hope all the children in this situation wind up in homes with people who won’t raise them to be thugs. The pic of the mom with her toddler holding a big wad of cash like a gangster says it all.

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