CERES — The Ceres police officer involved in a shooting Saturday has been identified as Joseph Wren, a 17-year police veteran who's been with the Ceres department for seven years. Neither Wren nor suspect Anthony De Los Rios were hit by gunfire in the incident, which occurred Saturday at a home in the 2500 block of Third Street.
Police say De Los Rios, 34, brandished a firearm at Wren, who in turn fired his duty weapon at the suspect. De Los Rios was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, unlawful discharge of a firearm and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.
Police were dispatched to the home for reports of a man firing a handgun into the air in front of the home. Arriving at the scene, Wren found two men and a woman in front. He ordered them to get on the ground, but De Los Rios failed to comply and moved to the home's front door, said Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges.
Wren caught up to him at the doorway. De Los Rios allegedly reached into his waistband and pulled out a handgun, turning toward the officer, who drew his own gun, firing at least one shot. Whether De Los Rios returned fire is still under investigation.
Individuals inside the residence were ordered to the front yard. Once the scene was secured, a .40 caliber handgun was located in the living room.
Wren will be placed on paid administrative leave, which is a common procedure in officer-involved shootings.
Wren was part of a fatal officer-
involved shooting in Ceres in August 2007. Rodwell Jauregui, 25, died after being shot an estimated four times by Wren. Police said Jauregui ignored a warning to halt before Wren shot him.
In that incident, officers responded to a dispute between neighbors in the 1800 block of Crestmoor Court, where Jauregui lived. A search turned up Jauregui about two blocks away. He was holding a 15½-inch Bowie knife during the altercation and was about 10 feet away from Wren when the officer discharged his rounds, police said.
Last summer, Wren and his K-9 partner, Zeus, were named law enforcement heroes by the American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter. In February 2012, Wren and Zeus apprehended a 31-year-old man who was found armed with a shovel and covered in blood, accused of stabbing another man in the head with a fork.
Responding to a report of a fight at an apartment complex, Wren encountered suspect Jimmy Gray, who yelled at the officer, "I will kill you." Wren got out of his patrol car and pointed his firearm at Gray, ordering him to drop the shovel, police said.
Gray continued to yell at him as Wren walked closer and continued his orders to surrender. Wren then released Zeus from his patrol car. Gray swung at Zeus with the shovel, but the dog latched onto Gray, who was then arrested.