Police Won't Seek Charges in Salinas Shooting

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) - Police do not plan to seek charges against a man who spotted two 17-year-olds holding up a deli in Salinas, retrieved a handgun from his car and shot them both.

One of the teens, Jose Antonio Ceja, later died. The other was in critical condition though his condition has since improved.

Police say the incident occurred Thursday evening. The 36-year-old man, who has not been identified, was outside the Saltillo Tortilleria and Mexican Deli when he spotted the holdup and shot the robbers.

The Monterey County Herald reports (http://bit.ly/TeTHSn) that he is connected to someone who was inside the deli.

Police say the shooting was justified because the man was trying to defend people in a life-threatening situation.

The surviving teen is expected to be booked on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

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