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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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Officer Involved Shooting Investigated in Stockton

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Authorities investigate an officer involved shooting near Hammer Lane and Mariner's Drive Sunday night.

STOCKTON – A section of Hammer Lane West of Interstate 5 was closed down Sunday evening after a shooting involving authorities.

The incident occurred at about 8:00pm near the intersection of Hammer Lane and Mariner’s Drive. Hammer Lane was closed down to traffic at the Southbound exit/entrance to Interstate 5.

Both Stockton Police Officers and Officers with California Highway Patrol were on scene. The circumstances surrounding the incident were not available Sunday night, but there did appear to be on person deceased at the scene.

Residents who were trying to reach their homes on Mariner’s Drive were unable to early on in the investigation. A nearby gas station was also closed off with crime scene tape.

More details will be posted as they become available.

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Turlock Police Investigate Fatal Stabbing of Teen

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TURLOCK – Detectives are investigating the fatal stabbing of a seventeen year old boy that took place Friday night.

Authorities believe that the victim was leaving a house party near the 2000 block of North Daubenberger Road at about 10:45pm, when police received the call reporting the stabbing had taken place.

Arriving officers found the teen on the sidewalk suffering from at least one stab wound. Officers began performing CPR until the victim was transported by medics to a hospital. The victim died about an hour later.

Detectives interviewed witnesses who stayed behind and believe a group of individuals, either white or Hispanic males in their teens or early 20’s, confronted the victim as he was leaving the party. A fight then took place, ending with the victim being stabbed. Friends of the victim called 911 for help.

Further information was not available Saturday morning.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Frank Navarro at (209) 664-7319 or the Turlock Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780. Crime Stoppers is also available at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Arrest Made in February 14th Homicide

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Investigators examine a crime scene where a homicide took place on El Dorado Street on February 14th, 2023.

STOCKTON – A 41 year old man was arrested by authorities in connection to a homicide that took place on February 14th of this year.

Shortly before 3:00am that morning, police officers responded to the 600 block of North El Dorado Street for a report of a person down. Arriving officers located a 60 year old man who was suffering from stab wounds. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Throughout the course of the investigation, authorities were able to identify and arrest 41 year old Robert Lee Sandoval Friday in connection to the case. He was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail without possibility of bail on a murder charge.

Sandoval is due in San Joaquin County Superior Court Tuesday afternoon.

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