VALLEJO (KCBS) – Police Monday identified the two men investigators said went on a naked, drug-fueled rampage before one of them was killed by Vallejo police officer early Sunday morning.
Jeremiah Moore, 29, was shot and killed by authorities during a bizarre incident that investigators said was fueled by hallucinogens – possibly a toxic combination commonly of drugs known as “bath salts.”
On Sunday, officers received calls from neighbors that two men, later identified as Moore and his partner, Jason Jessie, 28, were naked and running in the street, allegedly breaking the windows of cars parked in the neighborhood.
When police arrived at approximately 1:30 a.m., Jessie apparently ran back into the home he shared with Moore on the 2500 block of Alameda Drive, according to investigators.
Moore subsequently emerged from the home, which police said began filling with smoke. He then reportedly placed the barrel of a rifle against an officer’s stomach, police said.
Another officer opened fire, hitting Moore. He later died at a hospital.
KCBS’ Jeffrey Schaub Reports:
During the course of the investigation into what police characterized as a drug-fueled rampage, three pet birds were discovered beheaded in the couple’s backyard.
Jessie was placed under arrest on suspicion of battery on a police officer and obstructing an officer.
Sunday’s incident was just the latest in a string of calls Vallejo police have responded to wherein residents were acting “wildly out of control,” raising questions about the possibility that bath salts – synthetic drugs that have been linked in other parts of the country to disturbing criminal behavior – may have found their way to the Bay Area.
Police said the early investigation into Sunday’s incident points to the couple’s use of some sort of mind-altering drug – though the exact substance was not immediately identified.
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