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Authorities Seek Man That Took Merced Police Car

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MERCED – Police are seeking the identity of a man they believe took a police vehicle Wednesday night and later abandoned it.

The incident happened near a parking lot of the 1400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way. An officer was investigating a theft at about 10:40pm when an unknown person took the vehicle and sped off. Authorities said the officer was about 40 feet away from the car.

The abandoned vehicle was located about 20 minutes later near the 500 block of West 27th Street. Police said there were no firearms in the car at the time that it was taken. It was not damaged, and nothing was taken.

Surveillance images of the suspect were retrieved and released by authorities. The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Asian man wearing a black hat, black hoodie, red shirt and red shoes.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Merced Police Sergeant Jeff Horn at (209) 388-7739.

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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Police Investigate Shooting

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STOCKTON – At least one person was wounded during a shooting Monday night.

The shooting happened shortly after 8:20pm. Police were dispatched to the 400 block of East Pine Street and found one person with a gunshot wound. Medical personnel were called to take the victim to a hospital. Their condition was unknown at time of publication.

A second person in the area of the shooting was also transported to a hospital with unknown injuries. Early reports indicate some type of laceration.

The suspect reportedly fled in a vehicle prior to police arriving.

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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Shooting Injures Two While Sitting in Car

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STOCKTON – Two people were shot as they sat in a vehicle Saturday night, sending both to a hospital.

The incident happened at about 8:00pm near the 8600 block of Lower Sacramento Road. The victims, identified as a 30 year old man and a 28 year old woman, were sitting in a car at a shopping center when two suspects approached on foot. One had a gun and opened fire several times. The suspects then both ran off.

The victims were found in the vehicle by police near the intersection of Lower Sacramento Road and Ponce De Leon Avenue. They were rushed to a hospital and were both listed as stable Sunday morning.

There was no suspect description other than male adults.

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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Early Morning Homicide Investigated

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STOCKTON – Authorities investigated an early morning shooting that claimed the life of a man Sunday.

Police officers were dispatched to the area of Funston Avenue and Bradford Street shortly before 5:30am Sunday for a report of a person who was shot. Arriving emergency personnel found a 42 year old man who was shot. Life saving measures were performed but the victim died at the scene.

The area was closed off with crime scene tape. Detectives responded to examine the area for evidence in the case. A vehicle with damaged windows was examined by authorities near where the victim was located.

There was no motive or suspect information available Sunday.

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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