Police officers were justified in fatally shooting a man during a November 2012 shootout in the parking lot of a York City after-hours club, York County District Attorney Tom Kearney has determined.
Juan Bonilla Jr., known as "Cano," suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest and a thigh wound about 2:37 a.m. Nov. 24, 2012, outside the Veterans Political Association at 807 Loucks Road in York City's stretch of Route 30. The club is commonly known as Ada's.
At the time he was shot, Bonilla was running after a van fleeing the parking lot and was firing a handgun at it, according to Kearney's report.
Bar brawl: About 2:30 a.m., people inside Ada's began to call 911 to report multiple fights inside the club that involved gunfire and pool cues being used as weapons, the report states.
In one of the recorded 911 calls, a woman can be heard shouting "Cano," followed by gunfire about 20 seconds later, according to Kearney.
An eyewitness later told detectives Bonilla was "mad about his peoples fighting inside Ada's" and pulled out a handgun, the report states.
Patrons panicked: York City Police Officer Christopher Roosen and West Manchester Township Police Officer Michael Jordan were the first officers on scene and waited in the nearby parking lot of Haller Enterprises for backup to arrive, the report states.
The officers saw club patrons "erupt" out of the business, and Roosen later told state police investigators people were "definitely panicking, running as fast as they could to their cars, people running in every direction, cars (leaving) the parking lot at a really fast rate of speed."
Jordan said he saw patrons in a "frenzy" to flee, jumping over vehicles, hiding and trying to get into vehicles.
Chased van: The officers then saw Bonilla chasing a dark-green minivan that was heading south through the parking lot, toward Route 30, and witnessed Bonilla fire four to six shots from about 20 to 30 feet away, according to Kearney. Jordan could even see the muzzle flash from Bonilla's handgun, the DA said.
Both officers pulled out their weapons.
Roosen told investigators he fired 15 bullets at Bonilla because he feared for the safety of the person or people in the fleeing van, the report states.
Jordan fired seven rounds at Bonilla as the man was firing at the van, according to the report.
Roosen said it appeared Bonilla wasn't affected by the gunfire until he threw his arms in the air and an object flew out of his right hand, the report states.
Stumbled, collapsed: Bonilla stumbled momentarily, then collapsed on the ground. At that point, Roosen called for an ambulance and both officers kept "at bay" patrons who tried to approach Bonilla, according to Kearney.
Before he died, Bonilla, 21, of the 600 block of West King Street, said something to the effect of, "Yo, yo, really?" the report states.
Investigation by state police determined there were bullet holes inside Ada's, that a bullet struck an entry area of neighboring Royer's flower shop, that three bullets struck exterior walls at Haller Enterprises, that one bullet struck a minivan driven by a fleeing club patron, and that one "bullet strike" was found near the Subway restaurant, the report states.
Stolen gun: Two bullet casings found inside Ada's and eight casings found outside all were fired from the same weapon, a stolen .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun found by investigators in the parking lot near Royer's, according to Kearney.
A crime lab was unable to find any fingerprints on it, and there was no usable DNA found on the gun.
An autopsy determined Bonilla was shot twice -- once to the back of the chest and once in the left thigh.
It was the chest wound that proved fatal, but because the bullet was badly mutilated investigators were unable to determine which officer fired it, according to Kearney.
"The examination suggests, however, that it was likely fired from Officer Roosen's pistol," the report states.
Several other eyewitnesses reported seeing Bonilla fire a gun immediately before he was shot, including a West Manchester police officer who had arrived on scene, the report states.
Justified: A man named James Fudge was Bonilla's intended target, according to Kearney; he was arrested at the scene, as was Bonilla's cousin, Wilder Salazar.
"(It) is clear that ... (the officers) or others were in imminent danger of immediate serious bodily injury or death at the time deadly force was utilized," Kearney wrote in the report. "It is also beyond question that the fear of ... injury or death was reasonable. Mr. Bonilla had fired at James Fudge inside Ada's Bar and continued firing his weapon in the parking lot area while chasing another(s)."
Kearney has ruled the death a justifiable homicide.
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