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March 19, 2023

Man arrested after firing gun in public

Watsonville Police collect spent shell casings on the 500 block of Waker Street Saturday. Michelle Pulido, spokeswoman for Watsonville Police, said officers responded to reports of numerous shots fired around 4pm. Officers found shell casings in a market parking lot. Within minutes police caught up with the suspect, Jose Martinez, 41, walking nearby with a handgun tucked in his waistband. He was taken into custody on a host of charges, including a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, having a loaded firearm in public, being on probation while in possession of a firearm and others. The gun, Pulido said, was also reported as stolen out of Santa Clara County. No injuries were reported.

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


  1. thank you, WPD. you do NOT have the right to shoot off a gun within city limits, despite what the NRA says.

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  2. Show me where the NRA claims people have the right to shoot guns within the city limits, Mr. self appointed expert on everything.

    I’m no fan of the NRA but even less a fan of ST. Another meaningless comment from our own village idiot.

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