Police search for shooting suspect in Ceres

3:44 PM, Feb 2, 2011   |    comments
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CERES, CA - After a daylong search, Ceres police concluded their manhunt for a man suspected of shooting at a police officer without finding the suspect.

Earlier Wednesday morning, a store clerk in the area said a man who had been in his shop for a cup of coffee was later pulled over by police.  Shots were fired, but the officer was not hurt.

The clerk also said there were two guys in the car who ran from police.

According to the California Highway Patrol, this happened at 3:50 Wednesday morning.  The CHP reported a Ceres police officer was shot at and requested back-up from the CHP and the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.

Two women ran into the store.  Their role in the situation was not known.

At 4:07 a.m., a person who lives on the 3300 block of Roeding said someone jumped their fence.  A man asked to use the phone, but then ran.  Investigators believe that man was hiding somewhere over the fence.

The sheriff's department provided assistance from the air.

The CHP and police were looking for Jorge Mendoza, 25, of Waterford. He is Hispanic and weighs 150 to 175 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black beenie and a black jacket.  He was seen hopping the fence behind Barbours Boyett, a mini-mart/gas station in the area.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the search had moved to the area of McGee and Roeding roads where the large properties could easily hide someone.

Police did detain three others in connection with the incident but no one had been charged as of late Wednesday afternoon.


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