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Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Releases Shooting Video

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MARIPOSA – Authorities released a video Wednesday detailing a shooting involving a deputy and an armed suspect on August 28th.

The bodycam video shows the deputy arriving at the suspect’s property on the 4000 block of Dawn Road to serve a restraining order. After initially contacting the deputy, the resident goes back into the home. Moments later he appears behind the home armed with a rifle and engages the deputy in a shootout.

The deputy was able to return fire and strike the suspect in the shoulder. The deputy retreated to a safe distance and was able to call for help.

The suspect fled to a storage container on the property and barricaded himself inside. Shortly before 8:00pm the suspect’s adult son called 911 saying he and his elderly mother were still inside the home. They were safely evacuated by authorities.

Residents in the area were asked to shelter in place as they attempted to apprehend the suspect.

Shortly before 10:00pm the suspect, identified as Douglas Popke, was taken into custody. He was airlifted to a valley hospital for treatment of his gunshot wound.

The deputy was not injured and was placed on administrative leave while the incident was investigated.

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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Illegal Marijuana Grow Eradicated

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STANISLAUS COUNTY – Authorities with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office eradicated an illegal marijuana grow west of the city of Waterford Tuesday morning.

Deputies surrounded the location near the area of Yosemite Boulevard and McEwen Road Wednesday morning to serve a warrant on a fenced off property.

Authorities were notified due to a fence that was too high for property code. The Stanislaus County Sheriff Air Unit was able to fly over the property and see the grow operation. A judge signed the warrant to be executed Tuesday morning.

In total nearly 1,000 plants were found. The amount of plants and outdoor grow is not permitted in Stanislaus County.

Neighboring almond farmers applauded the efforts of the sheriff’s office, saying the grows bring an unwanted element to their community.

“I have four kids,” one farmer who wished to remain unidentified said. “We don’t need this around here.”

Four individuals were detained to be questioned on their involvement in the operation. Utility and animal services were also called out to assist at the location.

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Stockton Police Investigate Homicide

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STOCKTON – Authorities investigated an early morning shooting that claimed the life of a man Monday.

Police responded to the 400 block of Jill Circle for a report of a person shot. Arriving officers located a 37 year old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Authorities say the victim was unresponsive and was rushed to the hospital where he died.

Homicide Detectives responded to examine the scene and gather evidence, however there was no suspect information or motive available.

Much of Jill Circle was taped off by police Monday morning. Several evidence markers covered the ground where investigators gathered items including pieces of clothing. Authorities also examined a car parked nearby, dusting for fingerprints.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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World War II Era Plane Crashes Near Stockton

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SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY – Authorities are investigating a plane crash that occurred Saturday evening in a rural area not far from the Weston Ranch community.

At 7:39pm the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office reported a military plane had crashed in the area of South Roberts and Muller Roads.

Early reports indicate the craft had three persons aboard. Two were transported to a hospital and the third was able to walk away from the crash. The craft appeared to have significant damage.

The aircraft appeared to be a Mitchell B-25J called “Old Glory.” The plane is listed as owned by David Prescott of the Prescott Foundation.

Most recently in early September, the craft flew to Hawaii to commemorate the end of World War II, as well as delivered 30 pallets of toys to the islands for Toys for Tots.

Authorities say the airplane struck an irrigation ditch as it came down, and the injuries sustained were not life threatening.

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