CHP officer fires shot in roadside brawl near Camp Roberts

February 10, 2017
Kevin Michael O'Flaherty

Kevin Michael O’Flaherty

A high-speed chase on Highway 101 morphed into a roadside brawl near Camp Roberts that involved a CHP officer firing a shot at a suspect. The officer feared for his life after being attacked with a “shiny object,” according to the CHP.

The shot missed, but officers ultimately managed to subdue Kevin Michael O’Flaherty, 28. In addition to fighting officers, O’Flaherty allegedly tried to steal a CHP patrol car.

On Tuesday night, O’Flaherty was driving recklessly in a Toyota Land Cruiser on Highway 101 in King City, and he refused to yield to officers, according to the CHP. O’Flaherty then accelerated down Highway 101, and officers Greg Aeillo and Andrew Lamar chased after him.

The suspect fled on Highway 101 to around the Monterey-San Luis Obispo county line. There, he ran over a spike strip at the offramp by Camp Roberts.

O’Flaherty then exited his car and confronted the officers. A physical struggle ensued, during which the officers deployed their Tasers. The Tasers had no effect on O’Flaherty, according to the CHP.

The San Clemente man allegedly forced his way into one of the patrol cars and tired to steal the vehicle. He then exited the car, pulled out a shiny object and attacked one of the officers.

Fearing for his life, Aiello fired one round from his gun. The shot was aimed at O’Flaherty, but it missed.

The suspect then dropped the shiny object and resumed fighting. The officers stunned O’Flaherty again with a taser and finally managed to detain him.

Neither of the officers suffered injuries. O’Flaherty was taken to a hospital and then booked in Monterey County Jail.

Officers charged him with attempted carjacking, attempted theft of a patrol car, felony reckless driving, assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest. O’Flaherty’s bail was set at $30,000.

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Something doesn’t smell right about this story.

He wasn’t charged with being under the influence of drugs or with possession. Although the police released information to suggest it.

What was this shiny object that caused one of the CHP to use deadly force? A knife? Gum Wrapper? Unknown?

This Steroid inflated meth/PCP user wasn’t effected by tasers….and then the officers were able to subdue him, without injury too! (makes you wonder why they would be afraid for their lives, since they are obviously capable of taking down a drug crazed/taser resistant, combative assailant without being injured.)

When you attack an officer with a shiny object and the officer fires a gun at you because they are afraid for their lives….you’d expect a charge of attempted murder of a police officer, not just assault.

But the strangest thing of all? 30k in bail. The story makes the guy sound really dangerous. Something isn’t quite right…..

Can you spell BRAIN DEAD?