SAN DIEGO – Officer Jonathan Melendez with the San Diego Police Department was cleared Friday morning by a grand jury.
"Well, I'm glad that everything went well and that I'm able to return to work. It's been a long process that takes a toll on everyone to include my co-workers and the community," Officer Melendez stated. "I just want to let everyone know that I'm ready to get back to doing what I love to do."
“We are glad everything was cleared and glad to have him back...,” said San Diego Police Chief Rogelio Rodriguez.
Back in July, Officer Melendez was placed on administrative leave with pay after shooting a 34-year-old suspect in the leg as part of a routine procedure.
Melendez had responded to the 400 block of West Nickerson for a family disturbance.The suspect, identified as Fred Bueno, had assaulted several people and had a knife when the officer made contact with him.
According to law enforcement officials, Bueno went at the officer with the knife prompting Melendez to shoot him in the leg. Bueno was taken to a Corpus Christi Hospital via HALO-Flight and than to the Duval County jail. He was charged with two counts of assault and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon family member.
Melendez has been on the force for two years and returned to work on Monday.