A man is dead after a police officer about to go off duty saw an early-morning robbery in progress, authorities said Saturday.
About 5:40 a.m., an officer ending his shift had stopped at the Boyett Cruisers station at Claus Road and Briggsmore Avenue to fill his patrol car with gas, Modesto Police Department spokeswoman Heather Graves said.
The officer saw a masked person with a gun holding up the station.
“Several shots were fired, and the suspect is deceased,” Graves said.
It wasn’t clear whether the man, who was killed outside the store, had fired shots as well, or if he had obtained money while inside. The store clerk was unhurt, and “no officers were injured,” Graves said.
The dead man was not identified and police did not release the name of the officer, who was placed on paid administrative leave, following standard procedure after a shooting.
Officers have refueling options at several stations throughout the city, Graves said.
The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office is assisting police detectives with the investigation. Anyone with information is eligible to earn a cash reward by calling the Crime Stoppers tipline, 209-521-4636, or by texting a message to 274637.