Modesto police officer shoots suspect on west side

local@modbee.comDecember 7, 2013 

— A 19-year-old male suffered non-life-threatening injuries in an officer-related shooting Saturday afternoon, police said.

No officers were injured in the incident, which occurred about 2:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of Vernon Avenue, authorities said.

According to police spokeswoman Heather Graves, officers were in the area of Vernon Avenue and Paradise Road when they spotted two people loitering near a business.

One of the subjects fled on foot, authorities said. An officer gave chase to a subject armed with a firearm, said Graves.

The officer shot the man, Graves said.

A gun located at the scene, which is a block east of the South Carpenter Road and Paradise Road intersection, was determined to belong to one of the males, Graves said.

Police did not release any other information on Saturday night, including how the officer knew the man was armed, whether the man brandished or aimed the gun at the officer or how long the chase lasted.

There also was no information concerning any arrests.

Attempts to reach the Sheriff’s Department were unsuccessful.

The officer, whose name has not been released, has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard with all officer-involved shootings.

As part of standard protocol with officer-involved shootings, three investigations have been launched.

The Sheriff’s Department is conducting a criminal investigation, the Stanislaus County district attorney’s office is conducting a criminal review of the officers’ actions and the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit is conducting an administrative investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, should call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.

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