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Suspects Arrested, Guns Recovered After Shots Fired at Deputy

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TURLOCK – Authorities arrested all suspects after shots were fired toward a Stanislaus County Sheriff Deputy Wednesday night.

Turlock Police Officials said they were called to assist the Stanislaus Sheriff’s Office at around 8:44 p.m. on a Be On The Look-Out for occupants of a white sedan. Occupants of the car were reportedly seen shooting near the area of Berkeley and Alderson Roads, an area outside of the Turlock City limits.

Police said at around 9:21 p.m. a vehicle matching the description of the wanted car was found by a deputy.

After the deputy attempted to stop the car in the Seasons Park Drive area, one person inside fired toward the deputy.

According to Turlock Police, the deputy was not injured and did not fire his gun back at the suspects.

After a short pursuit, the suspect car stopped near the area of Spring Crest Drive. The three people inside the car ran from the deputy.

Deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office and officers with Turlock, Modesto, Ceres and California State University Stanislaus Police Departments responded to the incident.

Modesto and Merced California Highway Patrol officers responded to assist as well.

A six hour search led authorities to three firearms and two suspects whose identities were not being released.

Police continued to search for the third suspect identified as 18-year-old Ernesto Covarrubias, known to be a Turlock resident. He was located Thursday afternoon by Sheriff’s Office Investigators near Mitchell and East Hawkeye Avenues. He faces charges including attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, and being under 21 in possession of a firearm.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Timothy Redd at (209) 664-7325, Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or Crime Stoppers, where callers can remain anonymous at (209) 521-4636.

Ernesto Covarrubias Photo: Turlock Police Department

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Homicide Investigated Near Tracy

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SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY – Authorities investigated the fatal shooting of a man Monday night just outside of the City of Tracy.

Shortly before 10:00pm Monday, deputies received a call of gunfire near the 26000 block of Lammers Road. Arriving deputies found a man who had been shot. The victim was identified as 58-year-old Eric Almason. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There was no available suspect information Tuesday, and the investigation was ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office at (209) 446-4800 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Several in Custody After Stolen Car Pursuit

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MODESTO – Authorities detained several occupants of a stolen vehicle Monday night that ended in South Modesto.

At about 9:00pm authorities located a vehicle that had been reported stolen near Hatch Road and Richland Avenue. A brief pursuit took place but was called off after the vehicle turned onto Dallas Street from West Hatch Road.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff Air Support Unit was able to follow the vehicle from above as it traveled west to the end of Glenn Avenue. The car was then parked on Imperial Avenue and the occupants attempted to walk away.

Stanislaus Sheriff Deputies and Ceres Police Officers set up a perimeter in the neighborhood and quickly detained two passengers. The driver was taken into custody a short time later in the backyard of a home.

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Robbery Reported at Sandwich Shop

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MODESTO – Police responded to a report of a robbery at a local sandwich shop late Monday afternoon.

At about 6:30pm officers with the Modesto Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at a Subway sandwich shop near the area of Floyd and Roselle Avenues. Early reports indicate the suspect took the register at gunpoint and fled the area.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department at (209) 572-9500 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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