San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office

SJCDA Releases Findings and Decision in the Matter of Isaiah Howard (2019 Officer-Involved Shooting)

Today, the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office (SJCDA) released its findings in the February 2, 2019 officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of Isaiah Howard. It is the decision of the SJCDA that the use of deadly force by a Stockton Police Officer was justified under the circumstances.

This decision was made after SJCDA Office’s Officer-Involved Critical Incident Review Committee reviewed the investigations by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations, the Stockton Police Department, the San Joaquin County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office, and the California Department of Justice. The findings and conclusion of this investigation was completed on October 7, 2019 and has been memorialized in a report. On that date, this Office notified the Stockton Police Department of the findings.

In addition, family members of Mr. Howard were also notified. This morning, members of the SJCDA Office met with family members of Mr. Howard to discuss this decision. A copy of the report has been provided to them.

The memorandum detailing the SJCDA’s findings and conclusion follow below.