MODESTO – Authorities with the Modesto Police Department released body cam video on Wednesday detailing a double homicide and subsequent officer involved shooting days later with the suspect in the case.
The homicide happened on Friday, October 16th on the 200 block of Semple Street in Modesto. Shortly before 9:00pm officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting with multiple victims in front of a home. Two men and a woman were found suffering from gunshot wounds. They were rushed to a hospital, but unfortunately two of the victims died.
Investigators determined the suspect involved in the shooting acted alone, and initially targeted a nearby residence during the shooting. He was identified as David Cummings of Stockton.
Cummings had an extensive criminal history, with involvement in a 2011 shooting with multiple victims that became a homicide, according to the police department video. He also had prior charges including weapons violations, theft and robbery, resisting arrest, and battery on a police officer. He had recently been released from a 64 month prison sentence.
The video stated the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges on the 2011 homicide case.
The video continues with body worn camera perspectives of a takedown team that had tracked Cummings to Sherwood Park in Stockton. Investigators located the vehicle he used to flee the Modesto shooting. Detectives coordinated efforts to distract Cummings with a flash bang device and arrest him, however he fled out of a parked vehicle armed with the same weapon used in the Modesto double homicide.
“Show me your hands! Get on the ground!” Officers can be heard shouting at the suspect as he fled into the park. Shots were fired moments later causing Cummings to drop the handgun. Officers can be seen proving care to the suspect after the shooting.
Cummings was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. Authorities said he is expected to survive.
No officers were injured and there were no other injuries reported during the confrontation with Cummings. The shooting remains under investigation by the Stockton Police Department and San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.
Car Wash Fundraiser Planned for Shooting Victim
MODESTO – A car wash fundraiser benefitting Evan Robinson, the teen who was shot and killed over the weekend near a taco truck in Keyes, was planned for Saturday.
The event is scheduled to begin at 10:00am at Stanislaus Towing at 1307 Angie Avenue.
Robinson, 16, was shot during a fight near Seventh Street and Martha Avenue in Keyes. Emergency personnel attempted to save his life, but he did not survive his injuries. Investigators believe he was an unintended victim.
No suspect information was released in the case. Authorities are asking for witnesses to come forward.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
Deputy, Hostage Wounded in Shooting With Suspect
SAN ANDREAS – An elderly woman and a deputy were injured during a hostage situation that left the suspect dead Thursday night in Calaveras County.
At about 10:39pm dispatchers received a 911 call regarding an argument between a man and a woman at the Sierra Inn Motel. The caller reported the man had pointed a gun at the woman’s head. Deputies with the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office responded to investigate, but the suspect had left the area before they arrived.
Deputies began searching the area for the suspect, treating the case as a domestic violence incident. As a deputy interviewed the victim at an apartment complex, the suspect ambushed the deputy and victim opening fire and wounding the deputy. The deputy was able to get the victim to safety.
Additional deputies, CHP officers and Angels Camp Police responded to the scene and began searching the apartment complex. The suspect emerged from an apartment holding an elderly woman hostage with a gun. Authorities believe the hostage was unrelated to the initial incident.
Authorities tried to reason with the man and get him to release the hostage, but their efforts did not work. As the suspect posed a threat to the hostage, authorities opened fire. Both the suspect and hostage were wounded during the shooting. The suspect died at the scene, the hostage was transported by air ambulance to a regional trauma center for care.
The ambushed deputy was airlifted as well. Both he and the hostage were expected to survive.
The incident is under investigation by multiple agencies. No further details were released Friday afternoon.
Shooting Kills Teen After Fight in Keyes
KEYES – A shooting during a fight claimed the life of a teen Sunday night.
Shortly after 8:45pm Sunday, authorities responded to a report of a shooting near the intersection of Seventh Street and Martha Avenue. Deputies arrived and found an unresponsive teen who had been shot multiple times in the roadway. Life saving measures were performed, however the victim died at the scene.
Witnesses said a fight broke out while people were eating at a taco truck and shots were fired. Investigators believe that the victim may have been an unintended victim hit by gunfire. A silver car was seen leaving the area and believed to be involved in the homicide.
Detectives responded to investigate the case. Much of the intersection and surrounding streets were closed off as a crime scene for the investigation. Persons of interest were identified, but investigators need more witnesses to come forward to name a suspect.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Hickman at (209) 525-7042, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
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