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New details released in fatal officer-involved shooting

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Source: Monterey County District Attorney’s Office


A bizarre scene at a California home has left one person dead, another seriously injured, and a District Attorney investigating the events that led up to a fatal officer-involved shooting.

According to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, officers responded to a stabbing incident on Monday, December 19th, when a Joshua Varao called 911 to say his brother, Brandon, had stabbed him multiple times and was being restrained by their father.

King City Officer Janelle Sanchez arrived at the scene within three minutes of the call and approached the house with her medical bag. She was confronted by a man carrying a large steak knife. The man was later identified as Brandon Varao.

Sanchez dropped her medical bag, drew her weapon, and began shouting orders at Brandon to drop the knife and to get his hands in the air. Brandon ignored the commands and began running toward Sanchez. At this time, two other officers arrived on scene and all three fired 18 rounds at the knife-wielding man.

Brandon was struck four times before he stopped, flipped officer Sanchez the middle finger, and then collapsed on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Joshua Varao was treated at a local hospital and eventually released. No other injuries are being reported at this time.

The DA’s office did not provide insight into what led up to the stabbing and attack against the officers. It also did not say if they were investigating the officers for any wrongdoing.

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