The Vallejo police officer who shot a robbery suspect Monday has a history of shootings and was a participant in the department’s “Badge of Honor” ritual, Open Vallejo has confirmed.

Matthew Komoda, a nine-year veteran of the force with three prior shootings, one of which was fatal, shot the burglary suspect in the arm in a West Vallejo neighborhood Monday morning, sources with knowledge of the matter told Open Vallejo. The sources who spoke with Open Vallejo did so on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation. Police say the person pointed a gun at officers and is expected to survive. 

A call to Komoda’s cell phone went directly to voicemail Wednesday. Vallejo police spokesperson Sgt. Rashad Hollis declined to comment for this article.

In 2022, Komoda testified in a Solano County criminal case about his involvement in Vallejo’s “Badge of Honor” ritual, revealed by Open Vallejo in 2020, in which officers bend the points of their badges to mark fatal shootings. 

Komoda joined the Vallejo Police Department in 2014, public records show. He previously worked for the Oakland Police Department.

Geoffrey King is the executive editor of Open Vallejo. Prior to founding Open Vallejo, Geoffrey worked as an attorney and journalist focused on free expression, open government, press freedom and privacy. He is a proud native of Vallejo, California.