Two Menlo Park police officers and one sergeant are on administrative leave after shooting and killing an allegedly fleeing burglary suspect on Tuesday afternoon, police said today. Sgt. Jaime Romero and Officers Scott Mackdanz and Nicholas Douglas shot and killed Jerry Matheny, 52, of Nuevo in Riverside County after he allegedly fled a burglary-in-progress on Willow Place and pulled a gun, police said.
Officers responded at 12:33 p.m. after receiving a call that a suspicious person was in the area. An office worker had recognized Matheny from a description of a possible burglar distributed to employees of the venture capital and startup firms in the area. As police arrived, Matheny allegedly fled and one officer used a Taser stun gun to try and stop him. He then allegedly pulled out a gun prompting Romero, Mackdanz and Douglas to open fire.
Matheny was hit by gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene. One of the officers injured his knee during the chase and was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening. Matheny was found with the gun he allegedly brandished at the officers and a stolen wallet, police said. He is believed to be connected to a series of burglaries in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties where the thief would go into offices and take personal items from employees.
The three officers were placed on administrative leave while the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office investigates the shooting, which is standard protocol for an officer-involved shooting, police said. Romero has 18 years of experience as a police officer, Mackdanz has 16 and Douglas has 11.
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