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Deputies Shoot Armed Suspect, Rescue Hostages

Carlos Rodriguez

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MERCED COUNTY – Authorities rescued a woman and children who were being held hostage by a man armed with a knife early Sunday morning.

The incident happened at about 3:00am in the community of Dos Palos. Deputies were called to a home on the 1300 block of Ida Street for a report of a man threatening to stab a woman and her children in the neck.

Arriving deputies found the woman and children in a bedroom, and the suspect was pacing a hallway outside armed with two kitchen knives. The man made threats to attack the women and her children if deputies made entry.

Communication was made with the hostages and suspect through a locked window. Deputies urged the suspect to drop the knives and let the hostages go, but the armed man ignored them. After an hour of negotiating the suspect made entry into the bedroom where deputies fired on him through the window.

Authorities made entry into the home and rescued the woman and children, and began performing life saving efforts on the suspect. Medical personnel arrived and the he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Authorities have not released the identity of the suspect pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.

Carlos Rodriguez is an Emmy Award winning photojournalist specializing in public safety and natural disasters. His passion for local news stems from a deep commitment to his community, with a selfless mission to inform the citizens of the valley. As he worked on assignment for 19 days at the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, California, he spent most of his time helping survivors contact their loved ones to let them know they were ok. Carlos is a veteran of Univision, FOX, and Telemundo TV stations and a native of Modesto, California.

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Investigators Seek Help in Homicide Case

Gaby Muro

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Photo: San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office

STOCKTON – Homicide detectives with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office are looking for help in a homicide case that occurred near the 4100 block of East Fremont Street on October 17th, 2020.

Investigators say on October 17th, 25-year-old Alvaro Morales-Yac was shot and killed while inside his vehicle at a gas station.

Detectives say the male suspect appears to be heavyset, with a goatee and Hispanic. They believe the suspect is in his 30’s. The suspect was driving a light metallic sedan at the time of the homicide. Investigators believe the car is a 2017 or 2018 Hyundai Elantra.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Wait at (209) 373-9057.

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Fatal Shooting Investigated on Bystrum Road

Gaby Muro

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MODESTO – Detectives investigated a shooting that claimed the life of one person Monday night.

The shooting happened shortly before 11:00pm on Bystrum Road near Lombardo Avenue. Deputies arrived to find a victim who was suffering from a gunshot wound. That victim was transported to a hospital for care but later died.

Authorities did not have any available suspect information and said no arrests had been made. Investigators were seeking the victim’s family Tuesday for notification.

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

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Update: Stockton Shooting Claims Teen’s Life

Gaby Muro

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STOCKTON – A 17 year old boy died from injuries sustained during a shooting Monday morning.

Shortly after 11:30am, officers with the Stockton Police Department responded to a report of gunfire near the 900 block of North Madison Street. While investigating, the victim arrived at an area hospital.

Several blocks in the neighborhood were taped off as a crime scene. Officers used a drone to document evidence, and a surveillance truck was parked in the neighborhood as well.

The teen later died from his injuries. No motive or suspect information was available Monday evening.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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