Man to get almost seven years for brandishing gun at Salinas police

A man who opened gunshots in a Salinas home and then pointed his gun at the pursuit of officials faces six years in prison, Monterey District Attorney officials said Monday.

Jose Escalante, 22, from Salinas did not advocate a crime against the arrest and attack on a peace officer with a gun, said Amanda Puck, an assistant district attorney in Monterey County.

Salinas police responded on Kilbreth Avenue on Sept. 10 after the ShotSpotter automatic gunshot warning system notified officers of two gunshots in the area, Puck said.

When they arrived, a witness pointed to a man who was walking away and was later identified as Escalante.

The witness “said ‘that’s him. It was him,'” said Puck.

Officers tried to stop him, but Escalante ran south on Kilbreth. They chased Escalate, who at one point turned and pointed a loaded 9mm Ruger pistol at them, Puck said.

The responding officers stopped Escalante, Puck said.

As part of his plea, he will be in prison for six years and eight months, said Puck. He is due to be sentenced on April 9th.

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