Sousa Court Reporters
A 36-year-old man was shot and killed by police officers in a home on a cul-de-sac in Fairfield Thursday morning.
Tight-lipped on details throughout much of the day, the Fairfield Police Department identified the man late Thursday as Jose Ceja.
According to police, officers were called to a home in the 2000 block of Sousa Court at 7:49 a.m. for a report of a family disturbance. When they arrived, they were told that Ceja was inside the house, intoxicated, destroying items in the home and possibly suicidal. He had been creating the disturbance since 3 a.m., police were told.
“Officers entered the residence in an attempt to ensure the safety of individuals inside as well as contact Ceja regarding the incident, ” according to a press release issued just after 9 p.m. by Lt. Stephen Crane. “When officers entered the residence, Ceja charged them while armed with a knife. In order to save the lives of the involved residents and the officers on scene, a Fairfield Police Department officer discharged his duty weapon, striking Ceja multiple times.”
The release did not include a specific number of shots, nor where Ceja was hit.
The Fairfield Fire Department was called to the scene. Ceja was treated for multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased at the scene. No officers or other family members were injured during the incident.
Police said Ceja was a convicted felon with numerous prior law enforcement related contacts, which included violent criminal offenses, they did not elaborate.
In addition to the police department, the Solano County District Attorney’s Office was called to investigate the matter. The investigation is still ongoing, police said.
Throughout the day, repeated media inquiries were greeted with little information, police not confirming there was even a death until after 5 p.m.
Several neighbors were not home when the shooting occurred, saying they were dropping their children off at school at that time.
Following the shooting, the entire court, located across from Tolenas Park, was blocked off with crime scene tape, though residents of the houses on the court were allowed to come and go from their homes.
Michael Mason, who lives in a home on a court a few blocks away from Sousa Court, said he must have been taking his child to school when the shooting occurred around 8 a.m.
A lifelong resident of Fairfield, Mason said his father’s neighbor on Catlin Drive, the main street passing Sousa Court, is the head of the neighborhood watch for that neighborhood.
“There seems to be a lot of activity in this court, ” Mason said, adding that over the years he has seen several cars pull up in the area and then just leave.