California Governor Calls for ‘No Tricks Zone’ for Health Care workers
California Governor Jerry Brown called for a “no tricks zone” for public health workers in his state Tuesday after a California Highway Patrol officer shot and killed a man who had tried to enter the zone.
Brown called it a “critical first step.”
The CHP said Officer Eric Perez shot and wounded the man while trying to stop him from breaking into a car in San Diego.
The CHP identified Perez as Eric Gonzalez, 24, of Riverside.
The CHS said Perez was not armed, and there was no indication Perez knew the suspect, who was a passenger in a car with Perez.
The California Highway Safety Patrol is a state agency that investigates vehicle crashes, road deaths and other highway mishaps, and has been under the command of the CHP since 2015.
The incident began when Perez pulled over the man on I-5 in the city of Chula Vista on Monday.
Perez fired several shots at the man, who later died from his injuries, the CHS confirmed.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave while the agency investigates the shooting.
A message left for Perez’s agency and California Highway Traffic Safety Administration was not immediately returned.
The man was identified as Pedro Ramos, 25, of Chulalongkorn, a native of Mexico who lived in the area.
He worked at a public health clinic.