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* Jose Luis Martinez Chavez of Fresno identified as man killed at a marijuana grow near Lake Berryessa

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The Napa County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who was fatally shot by narcotics agents at a marijuana grow near Lake Berryessa Wednesday as 38-year-old Jose Luis Martinez Chavez of Fresno.A second Fresno man, 21-year-old Oswaldo Rivera, ran from the scene but was quickly arrested for cultivating marijuana and a parole violation, sheriff’s Capt. Tracey Stuart said.Agents from the Napa Special Investigations Bureau were investigating two marijuana grows in the northwest area of the lake when two men confronted them, Stuart said. Chavez drew a .38-caliber revolver and was shot several times when he did not comply with the narcotics agents’ orders, Stuart said. Chavez was shot before he could fire his weapon and he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the 12:50 p.m. confrontation, Stuart said. An autopsy is scheduled for today. The sheriff’s office identified Napa police Officer Pete Piersig and sheriff’s Deputy Jeremiah Bohlander as the NSIB agents who shot Chavez. Four narcotics agents were present at the shooting, Stuart said.Piersig has been with the Napa Police Department for five years and was assigned to the Napa Special Investigations Bureau in February 2007. He was a Pinole police officer for 5 1/2 years, Stuart said.Bohlander has been with the sheriff’s office for 5 1/2 years and was assigned to the NSIB in January, Stuart said. Both men are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation, Stuart said.Eight members of the NSIB took a boat up Pope Creek then hiked about an hour through steep terrain Wednesday to get to the two marijuana growing sites that were spotted by aircraft in the northwest area of Lake Berryessa, Stuart said.

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