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Update: Two Killed In Crash While Fleeing Police

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Investigator examine the wreckage of a vehicle that fled police.

STANISLAUS COUNTY – Two Modesto men were killed when their vehicle collided while fleeing from police Thursday night.

Shortly before 9:00pm officers with the Modesto Police Department made contact with a vehicle near the intersection of Hatch Road and Jim Way. According to a release from the Ceres Police Department, the vehicle fled east and entered Highway 99 where officers lost sight of it.

The vehicle was located in short time by a Ceres Police Officer near Highway 99 and Mitchell Road. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle on Rhode Road as the driver sped around other motorists on the shoulder, but they fled again.

Ceres Officers pursued the vehicle into Keyes as they awaited assistance from the Stanislaus Air Support Unit. The suspect vehicle drove east on Keyes Road where it collided into a Ford Mustang at Geer Road, and then into a light pole.

The driver and front passenger of the sedan, both 20 year old men from Modesto, were ejected. Arriving officers began providing aid along with firefighters and paramedics, but both died at the scene. Two backseat passengers suffered major injuries, along with the driver of the Mustang, a 17 year old boy from Hughson. A medical helicopter and several ground ambulances responded to transport them for care.

The intersection was closed for investigation well into the morning. Officers with California Highway Patrol responded to investigate the crash. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call (209) 545-7440.

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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  1. Deborah

    January 19, 2024 at 4:31 pm

    Why do officer chase cars and these deaths ?

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Shooting Injures Two Men in Stockton

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Police close off a roadway where two men were found shot.

STOCKTON – Two men were taken to a hospital after suffering injuries in a shooting Sunday night.

At about 10:18pm officers were called to the area Cemetery Lane and Harding Street for a report of two men shot. Both victims were taken to a local hospital and are expected to survive their injuries.

A short time later a crime scene was located near the area of 10th and Ophir Streets. There was no suspect information available at time of publication.

Anyone with information regarding this incident 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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Man Dies From Gunshot Wounds, Police Investigate

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Police officers investigate a shooting on Dijon Street on May 12th 2024.

STOCKTON – A 39 year old man died of his injuries from a shooting on Mother’s Day, police reported Friday.

The shooting happened May 12th at about 9:40pm. Officers responded to a report of a person shot on the 2000 block of Dijon Street. Arriving officers found the victim and began providing aid until medics transported him to a hospital for care.

On Thursday May 16th, investigators were notified that the victim died. No releasable suspect information or a motive was available Friday.

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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Police Shooting Investigated in West Modesto

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MODESTO – An officer involved shooting closed down a shopping center near a busy intersection early Tuesday morning.

The incident happened shortly before 1:00am near the intersection of South Martin Luther King Drive and Paradise Road. A police press release stated the shooting occurred when police encountered an armed person during a traffic stop. The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment of the gunshot wound and was expected to survive. A firearm was recovered at the scene, and no officers were injured.

South Martin Luther King Drive was closed to traffic near the area where the shooting happened. The shooting appeared to have happened in a parking lot just east of the roadway near a Jack in the Box restaurant. A white car was examined by investigators in the parking lot, with police cars behind it.

The area was cleared and re-opened shortly before 9:00am.

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

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