Officers were trying to take into custody a parolee who was wanted for assault with a deadly weapon. Armes was in a taxi and when the driver fled he allegedly took control of the taxi, drove it into an unmarked law enforcement vehicle and then ran. According to law enforcement, the suspect had a gun, and was shot by a member of the Fugitive Task Force. The suspect’s brother disagrees, says suspect was tased and then shot unnecessarily. No weapon was found.
Victim’s Name: John Christopher Armes
Agency Responsible: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Office of Correctional Safety, Fugitive Apprehension Team
Date of Death: February 11, 2013
Cause of Death: Gunshot
Official Disposition: Justified
Criminal Charges: No known charges
Mental Illness: No