YPD: Fatal shooting by YCSO justified by DA

YPD: Fatal shooting by YCSO justified by DA

YUMA, Ariz. – The fatal shooting of a 24-year-old woman by two deputies in July has been determined to be justified, reasonable and appropriate by the Yuma County Attorney’s Office, according to the Yuma Police Department.

YPD officials say the decision was based on all YPD reports, witness statements, physical evidence and information gathered from the scene.

A sergeant and a deputy were called out to the area of Avenue C and Eighth Street for a domestic violence disturbance, on July 5 just before 8 p.m., according to YPD. When they knocked on the door of the home, Melissa Ventura allegedly opened the door and began attacking both deputies with a knife. Officers say that’s when Ventura was shot by both deputies.

Rural/Metro ambulance was called and deputies began giving Ventura CPR while paramedics arrived.

Ventura was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center where she later died from her injuries.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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