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Officer Involved in Fatal Shooting Terminated, Charges Filed

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Police investigate a fatal officer involved shooting on Woodland Avenue that claimed the life of Trevor Seever

MODESTO – Joseph Lamantia, who was involved in a fatal shooting that claimed the life of Trevor Seever on December 29th, was terminated from the Modesto Police Department and charged Thursday morning.

In a press release issued by the department, officials say that an administrative investigation determined Lamantia’s actions were in violation of department policies, procedures and training. The two and a half month investigation was presented to a department review board for use of force, which recommended the termination of Lamantia’s employment with the city.

“The actions of Officer Joseph Lamantia on December 29th, 2020 did not meet the high standards our community, our department, and I demand of our officers,” said Interim Police Chief Gillespie in the release. “The death of Trevor Seever is a tragedy for his family, friends and our community.”

The interim chief also stated that officers in the department work hard to build and maintain positive relationships, and understands that the incident has set the department back.

“Our department is dedicated to serving the public and committed to rebuilding any trust we have lost,” he added.

Lamantia was expected in Stanislaus County Superior Court Thursday afternoon, according to court records. A charge of 192(a) voluntary manslaughter was listed in court records. Jail records show him in custody Thursday afternoon on the charge with a bail set at $100,000. His next court date is scheduled for June.

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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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