San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office

SJCDA Releases Findings And Decision In The Matter Of Colby Friday (Officer Involved Shooting)

Today, the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office (SJCDA) released its findings in the 2016 officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of Colby Friday. It is the decision of the SJCDA that the use of deadly force by a Stockton Police Officer was justified under the circumstances.

Statement of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar:

“We have a responsibility to make these decisions based on the evidence before us, and in this case, the evidence does not support charging this police officer. My office does not hesitate to hold law enforcement accountable for criminal behavior when the evidence supports it, but that was not the case in this situation. I have talked with Mr. Friday’s family in the past and am doing so today, and my heart breaks for his mother, his loved ones and our entire Stockton community who lost a loving father and son.”

The family of Mr. Friday has been notified of the decision and is being given an opportunity to review the findings.

This decision was made after a review by the Office’s Officer Involved Critical Incident Review Committee of the investigations by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Investigation Unit, the Stockton Police Department, the San Joaquin County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office, and the California Department of Justice.

The Memorandum detailing the SJCDA’s findings and conclusion follows below.