Ron Freitas
District Attorney

SJCDA Releases Findings and Decision in the Matter of Rodney Watts (2016 Officer Involved Shooting)

Pursuant to the provisions of the San Joaquin County Officer-Involved Critical Incident Protocol, effective August 1, 1994, the responsibility of the Office of the District Attorney is to review the facts and determine what, if any, criminal charges should be filed whenever there is an officer-involved fatality or life-threatening incident.

This memorandum reviews the officer-involved shooting of Rodney Watts on April 13, 2016. The investigation was jointly conducted by investigators from 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.


On April 13, 2016 at approximately 8:45 a.m., Stockton Police Officers responded to the intersection of West Lane and Knickerbocker Drive, Stockton, for a report of a shooting. Involved were Officer Miguel Morales and Officer Marvin Guillen, of the Stockton Police Department, and Mr. Rodney Watts (DOB 05/01/1980), who was suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers attempted life-saving efforts until paramedics arrived at approximately 9:03 a.m., and took over life-saving measures. Mr. Watts succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 9:09 a.m. by paramedics after they consulted with San Joaquin County General Hospital by phone.

Review the Findings below: