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Authorities Release Video of Deputy Involved Shooting

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MODESTO – Authorities with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office released a video Wednesday detailing a shooting that happened on Sunday September 27th, 2020.

On that day, deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 800 block of Business Park Drive shortly before 5:00am for a report of a silent burglary alarm. Arriving deputies located a man in his 40’s outside of a building.

Deputies made contact with the man and attempted to get him to comply with orders. The video shows the man refusing to be detained. Deputies used less than lethal weapons and a K-9 to subdue him, but he struggled while they tried to take him into custody. During the struggle, he appears to have a small axe in his hand. Shots were fired, striking the suspect. He was identified as 41 year old Eloy Gonzalez.

Authorities say the Gonzalez was armed with a hatchet, and two deputies sustained injuries. Deputies provided aid to the Gonzalez, who was rushed to a hospital by ambulance where he died.

Both deputies were also treated at a hospital and later released.

Officials said the deputies will be assigned to administrative duties while an investigation is conducted. The District Attorney’s Office also conducts their own investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

In the video released, Sheriff Jeff Dirkse stated the investigation will determine wether the deputies were justified in discharging their weapons, or if any policies were violated.

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Firefighters Respond to Brush Fire

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STANISLAUS COUNTY – Firefighters from Salida and Escalon responded to a vegetation fire on Carver Road Tuesday night.

The fire was reported shortly after 10:00pm on Carver Road just north of Ladd Road. Neighbors in the area reported hearing a boom shortly before seeing flames burning into dry brush. One neighbor said it appeared the fire was growing quickly, but the response from firefighters was just as fast.

The fire burned on both sides of Carver Road and extended to a few acres. It was controlled in about an hour by fire crews. A cause was unavailable Tuesday night.

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Police Investigate Report of Stabbing

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MODESTO – Police responded to a report of a person stabbed Tuesday night near Downtown Modesto.

The report was dispatched shortly after 9:00pm to the area of Tenth and K Streets. Early reports indicate the victim was stabbed and fled to Cesar Chavez Park where he called for help.

Police, fire and medical personnel responded to the park where they located the victim. He appeared to have visible wounds and blood on his back. He was taken by ambulance for care.

Officers searched the area near where the stabbing was said to have occurred for any signs of a crime scene. A confirmed suspect description and circumstances surrounding the incident were not available at time of publication.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Man Airlifted After Waking With Burn Injuries

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MODESTO – A man was flown by helicopter for care after he woke with life-threatening burn injuries to the front of his body.

At about 9:30am Monday, deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 600 block of South Seventh Street for a report of a burn victim. A man was found suffering from life-threatening injuries and was prepped to be airlifted by helicopter.

Fire crews set up a landing zone at a nearby truck stop where an air ambulance was called to transport the victim to a hospital out of the county.

Detectives with the Crimes Against Persons Unit responded to take over the investigation. A crime scene was taped off along South Seventh Street just under the Highway 99 overpass.

Authorities believe the victim was asleep under the overpass when he was burned. He then walked to a relative’s home to call 911 for help. The circumstances surrounding the incident were being investigated.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Detective Veronica Esquivez at (209) 652-1792 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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