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Suspect in Merced County Deputy Involved Shooting Identified

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DOS PALOS – The Merced County Sheriff’s Office has identified the suspect involved in a deputy involved shooting that occurred early Sunday morning.

Authorities say a call was received from a woman stating the male suspect was inside her home trying to stab her and her three children.

That suspect was identified as 27 year old Manuel Castro from Dos Palos.

According to authorities Castro was pacing in the hallway with kitchen knives in each hand. He also had his girlfriend and three children trapped in a bedroom.

After deputies made several attempts to negotiate with Castro, he picked up a third knife, continuing threats toward his girlfriend and three children.

45 minutes after negotiating with Castro, he refused to let the children out. Authorities say after counting down from five to one, Castro walked toward a corner where his girlfriend and three kids were hiding still holding the knives.

Fearing for the safety of the woman and children, deputies shot Castro.

After the shooting police made entry into the house and were able to safely get the girlfriend and children out.

Deputies also began life saving measures on Castro but he later died at the scene.

Authorities are working to assist the woman and children with counseling and housing.

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Police Investigate Reported Shooting

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MODESTO – Police responded to a report of a person shot Thursday near a busy intersection.

Shortly before noon officers were called to a report of a shooting near the intersection of McHenry and Orangeburg Avenues.

Early reports indicate one person was found injured near a bus stop. Arriving first responders attempted life saving measures.

The parking lot of the Pep Boys/Advance Auto Parts was closed off as a crime scene along with Orangeburg Avenue east of McHenry Avenue. By 12:30, investigators were arriving on scene.

One person may have been detained, a second person may have ran to a hospital for care. Stay tuned for further details.

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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Shooting Investigated in South Modesto

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MODESTO – Emergency personnel responded to a report of a person shot Saturday night near Imperial Avenue.

Shortly before 10:00pm emergency personnel responded to the 100 block of Imperial Avenue for a report of a person shot. Arriving deputies located one person who was shot in a pathway between Imperial and Glenn. Fire and medical crews also responded to the scene.

There was no confirmed suspect information available at time of publication, but it was believed the person responsible fled the area on foot.

The area was taped off by deputies.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Shooting Investigated on Pacific Avenue

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STOCKTON – Officers with the Stockton Police Department investigated a report of a person shot late Thursday morning near Sherwood Mall.

The shooting happened at about 10:45am in the mall’s parking lot. Early reports indicate at least one person was struck by gunfire. The area was taped off and surrounding roadways were closed to traffic.

An alert from San Joaquin Delta College read as follows:

“Mustang Alert!: Police Activity at Mall – Shooting across from Stockton campus at the mall. Suspects fled away from campus. Delta is safe. Avoid Pacific Avenue.”

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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