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Delano officer Michael Strand leaves department following 2019 shooting

Delano Police Department
Posted at 9:48 AM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 12:51:04-05

DELANO, Calif. (KERO) — A Delano Police corporal who shot and killed a man in 2019 has left the department, according to Delano Police Chief Robert Nevarez.

Nevarez confirmed Corporal Michael Strand left the department about a month ago. Strand had been on paid administrative leave since June of 2019 following a deadly shooting.

On June 14, 2019, Delano Police officers went to assist the Tulare County Sheriff's Office with tracking down Arturo Galvan, also referred to as Arturo Ramirez. TCSO was looking for him because he was a suspect in an alleged attack and drive-by shooting the day before.

TCSO tracked Galvan and Alexis Resendez down to a Best Western in Delano.

Officials said Galvan jumped out of a window and that's when Strand fired his weapon.

The alleged suspect, Galvan, was hit and taken to a hospital where he later died.

In September of 2019, the Delano Police Department settled with the family of Galvan for $2.3 million for quote "police wrongful death action".

In September of 2020, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office announced it presented the case to the grand jury who decided not to indict strand.

Chief Nevarez says the administrative investigation was still underway when Strand left. The department will not make a determination in the case but is currently doing an administrative review.