A man shot and wounded by a California Highway Patrol officer during a Yolo County traffic stop last week faces arrest on suspicion of possessing a weapon and driving under the influence, a CHP official said Monday.
Heath Austin Nunes, 38, of Lincoln, allegedly drew a gun on officers during a stop around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 between Main Street and County Road 102 near Woodland. Nunes was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center, where he was hospitalized in critical but stable condition after the incident.
Officer Pedro Leon, a CHP spokesman based in Woodland, said Monday afternoon that authorities plan to arrest Nunes once he is released from the hospital “for possessing the weapon and driving under the influence.”
Leon said that Nunes was transferred last week in stable condition to Sacramento Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, south Sacramento, where he remains hospitalized.
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The CHP has not released the name of the officer who shot Nunes. The officer was initially placed on administrative leave last week and is currently off on personal time, as he’s “technically back to work,” Leon said.
The CHP incident was the second officer-involved shooting in the area that day after a Woodland police officer shot and killed a man who allegedly charged at the officer with a knife in the morning. The two incidents prompted activists to protest in Woodland against police shootings last week.
Editor’s note (Aug. 26): This post has been updated to reflect new information on Nunes’ hospitalization.