Police responded to disorderly person calls from neighbors in the 2500 block of Alameda Drive on Sunday. Neighbors were claiming that two males were running naked in the street and breaking out the windows of cars parked in the neighborhood.
When officers arrived on the scene at approximately 1:30 a.m., they observed 28 year-old Jason Jessie naked in the street. Jessie allegedly ran back into his home when police arrived. Jeremiah Moore, 29 years-old, exited the home, which was beginning to fill with smoke, moments later. According to the Huffington Post
, Moore, who was armed with a rifle, pointed the weapon at a responding officers, prompting another officer on the scene to open fire.
The Times Herald
stated that neighbors heard officers yelling "Put the gun down"
several times before shots were fired.
Moore was transported to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vallejo where he was pronounced dead.
Jessie was arrested on charges of battery on a police officer and obstructing an officer and is currently being held in the Solano County Jail on $10,000 bond.
The fire, which is still under investigation, is believed to have been started by Moore. Vallejo Fire Battalion Chief Ray Jackson said the fire destroyed 35-40 percent of the house, with estimated damage of around $60,000, according to the Vallejo Times Herald.
The San Francisco Chronicle
reports that investigators found three decapitated pet birds in the back yard of the home.
Moore's mother, Lisa, told the Vallejo Times Herald
that Moore had a form of autism known as Asperger's Syndrome. She described Moore as being happy and doing well for himself. She went on to say:
"I'm upset that this is going to be his legacy, what people are going to remember him for. He was not like this."
Authorities believe that hallucinogenic drugs are responsible for the men's bizarre behavior. Although bath salts, the synthesized psychoactive drug that has been linked to a several violent incidences in other parts of the country, is suspected, authorities are waiting for toxicology reports before making a final determination.