Deputies involved in Atascadero officer-involved shooting identified

34-year-old Paso Robles man killed

One Killed in Deputy Shooting


The man killed by police in Atascadero early Tuesday morning has been identified as 34-year-old Josue Gallardo, a transient from Paso Robles.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office released new information into the officer-involved shooting that occurred at about 12:10 a.m. on southbound U.S. Highway 101 near the Santa Barbara Road exit.

The Sheriff's Office says Gallardo had a warrant out for his arrest for a domestic violence incident that occurred in June 2016. 

"One of the Deputies involved in today's incident had taken the original domestic violence report and was familiar with the suspect and the suspect's vehicle," said Tony Cipolla with the Sheriff's Office. The following words are taken directly from a SLO County Sheriff's statement to the press:

As the Deputies were on patrol this morning, they recognized the vehicle, pulled alongside it as it was traveling southbound on Highway 101 , identified the driver as Gallardo and knew he was wanted on domestic violence charges. That's when the traffic stop was initiated. 

The suspect pulled his vehicle over to the side of the road. The two Deputies approached the vehicle and made contact with Gallardo. At that point, the suspect pulled a gun on the Deputies. The Deputies fired shots and then retreated. Backup units arrived on scene and the area was cleared. At that time, it was discovered the suspect was deceased. 

The deputies involved in the shooting have been identified as SLO County Sheriff's Senior Deputy Greg Roach, with approximately 11 years of law enforcement experience, and Deputy Jonathan Calvert with almost 14 years of experience in law enforcement.

Roach and Calvert were placed on paid administrative leave while the Sheriff's Office conducts its investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

"The Sheriff will make the determination of when the Deputies will be returned to active duty status," said Cipolla. 

The SLO County District Attorney's Office will receive the investigation's findings for independent review. The investigation will include the actions of the suspect as well as the actions of the deputies, according to the Sheriff's Office.



One person has been killed Tuesday morning in a shooting involving deputies from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriffs Department.

The incident happened in the early morning hours along Highway 101 in Atascadero near the Santa Barbara Road exit. Two deputies made a traffic stop and officials say the single occupant of the vehicle pulled a gun on the deputies. They responded with lethal force.

Neither of the deputies were injured. The identity of the person killed has not been released.

Highway 101 southbound at the Santa Barbara Road exit is shutdown and traffic is being diverted, according to the California Highway Patrol.

An investigation into the shooting is only in the early stages and more information will be available soon. 

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