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Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Update

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SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY – Authorities investigated a fatal shooting Tuesday afternoon that involved a Stockton Police Department officer.

The incident began shortly after 2:00pm near Charter Way and Interstate 5. According to a release from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, a Stockton Police vehicle was struck by another motorist near the location. The officer was uninjured, but the other involved driver fled the area in their vehicle.

The vehicle was located a short time later by another Stockton Police Officer as it ran a red light near the area of Highway 4 and Fresno Avenue. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued to flee. The officer pursuit the vehicle to the area of Roberts and Rolerson Road where it came to a dead end.

The officer exited his vehicle and ordered the other driver out, the sheriff’s office release said. It goes on to say the driver did not comply and shifted their vehicle into reverse, ramming the patrol car and knocking the officer over as he was struck by the door of his patrol vehicle. The officer regained his footing and fired on the vehicle.

Officers provided aid to the driver of the vehicle, who was identified only as a 54 year old woman. Medics transported her to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased. The police officer did not suffer major injuries.

The incident is under investigation by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, Stockton Police Department, San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, California Department of Justice, and the Medical Examiner’s Office.

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 Tracy

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Officers examine a corner of Mosswood Court Friday afternoon where an officer involved shooting took place.

TRACY – One person who was said to be armed with a knife was rushed to a hospital Friday afternoon after being shot by a police officer.

Shortly before 2:00pm officers were called to the area of Mosswood Court for a report of a person with a knife chasing another. During the encounter an arriving officer fired his gun at the person said to be armed with a knife.

Officials at the scene said the person shot was rushed to a hospital in unknown condition. They had identified that person but were holding that information for a proper time.

The neighborhood was closed off while investigators responded to determine what took place.

No other injuries were reported.

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Aircraft Emergency Investigation Closes Mitchell Bridge

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Emergency personnel examine a crashed airplane near the Mitchel Road Bridge Wednesday afternoon.

MODESTO – An investigation into an aircraft emergency closed the northbound lanes of the Mitchell Road Bridge Wednesday afternoon.

At about 1:00pm emergency crews were dispatched to the fields east of the Mitchell Road Bridge north of the Tuolumne River for a report of a plane crash.

Arriving rescuers found a plane crashed face down into the ground near a group of trees. One person was deceased in the aircraft according to an official at the scene.

One witness at the scene said he was driving down Hatch Road when he noticed the plane at an awkward angle, but thought nothing of it at first.

No cause of the crash or estimated time of opening for Mitchell Road was available at time of publication.

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Double Homicide Investigated in Merced County, Warrant Issued For Suspect

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HILMAR – Authorities with the Merced County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a 40 year old man in connection to a double homicide that happened Tuesday night.

Authorities responded to the 19000 block of American Avenue regarding a possible homicide Tuesday night. Arriving deputies located two adult victims deceased.

Wednesday authorities identified 40 year old Victor Bazan as a suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest. Officials believe he is related to one of the victims, and he is known to be transient to the Modesto, Ceres and Turlock areas.

Relatives of one of the victims reaching out said a white stolen vehicle Bazan may have been traveling in was found abandoned in Bakersfield.

Anyone with information regarding Bazan’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact law enforcement immediately. He should not be approached.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact (209) 651-2852 where callers can remain anonymous.

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