July 1, 2011
The Seaside Police Department is investigating whether Frank Reynolds, who shot his ex-girlfriend and and then killed himself in her Mariposa avenue home on June 21, received help in obtaining the weapon he used or in getting to the victim’s residence.
Police Commander Chris Veloz said he was unsure if it was the same person who posted bond to get Reynolds out of county jail on June 20, where he was being held on battery, brandishing a knife, and terrorist threats. Reynolds was being held on $65,000 bail.
The discussions took during a public meeting at the Soper Field Community Center, where about 30 residents listened to Police Chief Vicki Meyers and Veloz explain how local police and fire departments responded to the 911 dispatch call.
Meyers commended the first-responders, the police and fire personnel who arrived first at the scene and secured a perimeter. Veloz said the Monterey Regional Special Response Unit (SRU) and the Monterey Peninsula SWAT team coordinated with local police departments to enter the home, where Reynolds had barricaded himself.
"I think the operation went wonderful," said Veloz. "The victim survived and none of our personnel were hurt. Those are both important to us."
Veloz said that the victim, Eva Rodriguez, who was flown by helicopter to a San Jose trauma center, was recovering from her wounds.
Reynolds has a long history with local law enforcement including assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, battery and possession of stolen property. Prior to the incident on June 21, Reynolds was arrested for threatening an second, unnamed victim with a knife at the Mariposa residence on June 14.
The next day, an emergency protective order was given to Rodriguez after she called police with concerns of her safety from Reynolds. He posted bail on June 20 and contacted Rodriguez.
He was then wanted for violating the protective order and dissuading a witness.
The incident with Rodriguez started on June 21, when Seaside police were dispatched to a shooting and carjacking at the Mariposa residence. After Reynolds shot Rodriguez, he barricaded himself in the house; the SWAT team and SRU gathered at a staging area on Ord Grove Avenue and sent a team to enter the home. They found Reynolds dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.