MODESTO, CA - A man attempting to evade capture was shot by Modesto police following a vehicle pursuit Monday morning.
According to Leuitenant Rick Armendariz of the Modesto Police Department, an officer patrolling the area of Mellis Park in West Modesto, heard several shots fired and saw a tan Ford F-150 fleeing the scene. Armendariz said officers tried to stop the truck, but the driver refused to pull over and a police pursuit ensued southbound along Highway 99 to Turlock, before turning and heading north back up to Modesto.
Armendariz said a preliminary investigation revealed the man driving the truck, rammed a police car as the pursuit went westbound on Tuolumne Boulevard. Officers used a spike strip followed by a Pursuit Immobilization technique (P.I.T.) maneuver, to finally end the pursuit.
Sergeant David Chamberlain of the Modesto Police Department said a shootout betweeen officers and the truck driver broke out following the chase, and the man was shot.
The man was taken to a local hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition.
The officers were placed on administrative leave following the incident, which is standard procedure following officer-involved shooting, said Armendariz
The Modesto Police Department opened a criminal investigation into the incident, and Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office launched an independent criminal review of the case, as well as the officers' actions. The Modesto Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit will be conducting an administrative investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
No officers or civilians were injured during the chase or shooting.