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A Vallejo man will be arraigned in Solano County Superior Court this afternoon on charges stemming from a confrontation at his home that ended in a fatal officer-involved shooting early Sunday. Jason Jessie, 28, is charged with misdemeanor battery on a police officer or emergency responder and obstructing a public officer. His partner Jeremiah Moore, 29, was killed in the shooting. Police went to the home at 2504 Alameda St. around 1:30 a.m. Sunday after receiving a report of two men arguing, breaking car windows and trying to burn the house down, Lt. Lee Horton said. They saw a naked man run into the house, Horton said. Inside the home, they encountered a second naked man who placed the barrel of a rifle against an officer’s stomach, prompting another officer to shoot him. Having realized the house was on fire, the officers took the men outside. The man who was shot, Moore, was later pronounced dead at Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center, Horton said.
While at the home, officers found a blood trail and followed it to the backyard, where they found recently slaughtered animals. The rifle was found to contain a loaded round in the chamber, Horton said. Horton said the two men had gone on a “violent rampage” inside and outside the house, shutting off the electricity, breaking the windows of the home and cars, and setting their house on fire, Horton said. Investigators believe the men were under the influence of some type of drug, police said. Neighbor Marvin Clouse, an artist, said the two men were a couple, and described them as gentle but said that Jessie started “going crazy” about two weeks ago. “They both had an end-of-the-world fascination,” Clouse said. “Jason thought the house was haunted by orphans who were killed in the property. He was a Wiccan. He had crazy rituals like throwing out things with bad energy.” Clouse described Jessie as “brilliant” and said he would buy cars cheaply then repair and resell them. He said Moore worked as a plumber, was withdrawn and suffered from Asperger’s syndrome. He said the couple created a ruckus on Saturday night by banging on sheet metal. “I couldn’t sleep so I got my camera and recorded them,” Clouse said. “I was the only one around and I wanted to know the crazy things they were saying,” he said.
Vallejo police later took possession of the camera, Clouse said. Both naked men were outside, and Moore was crouched down deflating the tires on their cars and breaking their windows, Clouse said. After Moore was shot, Jesse screamed, “You’ve killed my partner. Jeremiah, I love you,” Clouse said. Clouse said he was down the street when he heard four shots. “They lost their minds on Saturday night,” he said.
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