Thomas Keener shoots man in face and gets paid vacation

Thanks to Pilar Oceana for putting this incident on our radar via

What do we know? That, after a short foot chase Luis Armando Contrera was shot in the face by Thomas Keener, employed by the Napa Police Department. Contrera was left in a coma while Keener is on a paid vacation (aka “administrative leave”).

Thus far the police and the employees of the Napa County Sheriff’s Department, which is supposedly investigating the incident, have failed to disclose the reason for the shooting.

And rather than question the tactics used by those who purport to “serve and protect” a local news outlet instead added a bit of unrelated information: “Contreras has had run-ins with law enforcement over the past few years, court records indicate” and that he at one time had an immigration hold, but that his previous charge had been dismissed.

Does previous run-ins with law enforcement establish guilt in those situations? I know plenty of people, myself included, that have had run-ins with law enforcement and without exception it’s been them in the wrong. Also, why mention charges that were dismissed? Won’t that only bias readers? And what relevance does “an immigration hold” bear in this situation? Again, it only helps to paint the person now in a coma as a criminal when the simple fact is that crossing an arbitrary political boundary creates no victim.

Another news outlet noted that “There is nothing to indicate that Contrara shot at the officer.” Nor is there any evidence that he had a firearm.

Let’s see how this investigation goes – a Napa PD employee being investigated by Napa Co. Sheriff Dept employees…

Napa Police Department
1539 First Street
Napa, CA 94559

Napa County Sheriff’s Office
1535 Airport Boulevard
Napa, CA 94558

Here’s the kind of professionalism Pilar experienced from Napa’s finest:



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  • t.

    Only knowing what is readily available via media outlets (because unlike @Centurion I don’t have insiders in ever A.G.’s’office that will leak me information), the “victim” was an Illegal alien meth addict who had gone to a residence to buy more meth. His wife said that he suffered multiple”bite wounds” and “broken bones”. The police didn’t have a dog at the incident. Did the officer bite him? Somehow, I’m feeling that: A) there is WAY more to this story, and B) the Cop Blockers will again go off with little or no information.

    You would be hard pressed to find someone further removed from this incident the I. I know neither the officer or the “victim”. Never been to where it happened (though I have been through Napa, so maybe I have without knowing). But I am extremely confident that while I am not defending Officer Keener, I will be accused of defending him because I will again urge patience until there is more information.

    Trigger the Legion of Fools….and…go.

  • Common Sense

    Once again, another article with few details, but let’s the oh so typical postings begin…

  • Common Sense


    nice one…

  • who drew first?

  • Gee, if only Officer Keener had exhibited the same degree of patience t. demands of us.

  • Reason

    Argument from ignorance. . “It asserts that a proposition is true because it has not yet been proven false, it is “generally accepted” (or vice versa)” (Wikipedia, first paragraph of Argument from ignorance)

    Used wiki, I know. It may be bad but the point gets across the screen.

  • Reason

    Argument of ignorance = It asserts that a proposition is true because it has not yet been proven false, it is “generally accepted” (or vice versa)

  • t.

    Anything new on the “multiple bite wounds” when there wasn’t a dog there? Just asking.

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  • Eric Kahn

    Maybe Greedo drew first, but nope no he didn’t, and also but yes Solo shot first. I saw the original movie before Lucas altered that scene.