Crime

Police killing of Lompoc man ruled 'Justifiable Homicide'

LOMPOC, Calif. - In the morning of  November 2016, police with the Lompoc Police Department converged at the Jet Action Coin Laundry on 1004 North H Street where they confronted Michael Ducaine Giles who was described as being intoxicated and refusing to leave the property.

After a short pursuit, authorities say an officer tracked Giles down to a bush near the Embassy Suites hotel where Giles ignored the officer's commands to drop a knife he was carrying in hand and lunged toward the officer. That's when the officer decided to shoot Giles--shots which struck Giles in the upper right torso and the right forearm/wrist area.

Giles was taken to the hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

That incident followed an in-depth investigation by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office and on Tuesday, that investigation concluded. The District Attorney's Office found that the officer "acted reasonably in his use of deadly force; therefore, the shooting of Michael Ducaine Giles is a justifiable homicide," read the DA's report.

The District Attorney's report states that Giles and his father had been involved in an argument the day before. Giles was described to be under the influence that evening and his father threatened to call the police. According to the report, Giles stated: "If the police is called I'm going out in style."

The 19-page report adds that Giles' brother told authorities Giles had expressed suicidal thoughts in the past, had cut his wrists, and struggled with alcohol and drug abuse.

To read the full report, click here.


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