MODESTO – An officer with the Modesto Police Department was critically injured when a suspect opened fire late Saturday night.
At about 10:00pm an officer witnessed a reckless motorcyclist near West Orangeburg and Enslen Avenues. The rider fled as the officer tried to stop him. With assistance from the Stanislaus County Sheriff helicopter, the motorcyclist was located on the 3100 block of East Orangeburg Avenue.
Officers took the rider into custody as he exited a home and surrendered. He was found with drugs that police believed were for sale. Based on their discovery, officers obtained a search warrant for the house.
When officers began to search the home a man inside opened fire. One of the officers was injured, but they returned fire injuring the shooter.
Surrounding allied law enforcement agencies responded to the officer down call to assist.
Both the officer and suspect were transported to a hospital. The suspect was treated for minor injuries and released to authorities. He was expected to be charged with weapons violations and attempted murder of a police officer. The officer was listed in critical condition, but stable.
Orangeburg Avenue was closed between Lakewood Avenue and Albert Drive for the investigation.
Authorities said the investigation was ongoing and would release more information as it became available.
Fire Damages Turlock Home
TURLOCK – A home suffered significant damage Sunday night during a fire.
The fire was dispatched at about 11:45pm. Several fire crews responded to the fire at the home on the 1000 block of South Johnson Road. Firefighters reported a visible column of smoke as they responded to the scene.
Arriving firefighters reported heavy fire from the second floor of the home. Crews from Denair and Turlock Rural Fire Departments responded to the scene.
A second alarm was called shortly before midnight for additional resources.
At time of publication a cause and damage estimate was not available.
Schools Locked Down for Suspect Search
MODESTO – Two schools were placed on lockdown during a search for a suspect Friday afternoon.
The incident happened at about 1:00pm when a Stanislaus County Sheriff Deputy noticed a vehicle that had been reported stolen on Dallas Street near Glenn Avenue. The driver of the stolen vehicle appeared to be talking to someone in the area, according to officials at the scene.
The driver ran away on foot as deputies made their approach. The man jumped fences through a yard and fled into an alleyway. The Stanislaus Sheriff Air Unit spotted the man making his way into a yard on Las Vegas Street.
Bret Harte Elementary and Hanshaw Middle School were placed on lockdown as a search team was organized. Within a few minutes the man was located hiding under a vehicle and quickly detained without incident.
By 2:00pm the lockdowns were lifted. No injuries were reported.
Stockton Police Investigate Fatal Shooting
STOCKTON – Police investigated the fatal shooting of a man in broad daylight Tuesday afternoon.
At about 3:30pm Officers responded to the 900 block of Porter Avenue for a report of a shooting. A 29 year old man was found at the scene suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he died from his injuries.
Residents in the area reported hearing a gunshot shortly before police arrived.
Porter Avenue was closed by authorities while detectives responded to investigate the case. No suspect information or motive was available Tuesday night.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact police at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.
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