March 5, 2021

Man shot by Hollister police officer released from hospital

HOLLISTER – A man shot by a police officer in Hollister last week was released from the hospital Wednesday and arrested on several charges including threatening an officer, authorities said.

The shooting was reported about 7:30 am on Dec. 8 at a home in the 1100 block of Kimberly Court.

Officers were called to the residence for a report of a family member who was possibly violent and had access to kitchen knives, according to the Hollister Police Department.

Police said the 29-year-old man was uncooperative and “eventually produced a large knife” when officers tried to talk to him inside the home. He also allegedly started a fire by turning on the stove and placing items on the burner, stood between the fire and officers and threw items at them, including one that was on fire.

At one point, one of the officers shot the man in the stomach, causing him to drop the knife, police said. The man was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for treatment.

Police said the man was also arrested and booked into San Benito County Jail on charges of arson, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and making criminal threats. He is being held on $ 196,000 lease.

The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the shooting at the request of police. Body-worn camera footage will be released when the investigation is finished or within 45 days.