Police have identified the man killed in an officer-involved shooting at a gas station and convenience store on Briggsmore Avenue and Claus Road on Saturday morning as 22-year-old Gino Paredes of Modesto.
About 5:40 a.m., Officer Mike Callahan was fueling his patrol car at the Boyett Cruisers station when he saw the suspect hop over a fence and enter the convenience store holding a gun, said Modesto Police Department spokeswoman Heather Graves.
As the masked suspect left the store, Callahan confronted him. He shot several rounds, striking Paredes once and fatally wounding him, police reported Tuesday.
The gun Paredes wielded was later determined to be an airsoft pistol that had been painted black.
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Callahan has been with the Modesto Police Department for 12 years as a full-time officer and 5 1/2 years as a reserve officer. He was uninjured and has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is a standard procedure with all officer involved shootings, the department said.
Before police revealed Paredes’ identity, his brother Irving did so in a Facebook post. “He was my brother and a good person who made the wrong decision,” Irving Paredes wrote. “He wanted to prove to his family that he could support his daughter. ... He was a criminal but he would have never hurt anyone.”
Graves confirmed that Gino Paredes was on active parole after receiving early prison release. He’d been serving time for burglary and had a “very lengthy rap sheet,” she said.
A witness to the robbery and shooting, Manuel Martinez, said Paredes threw the gun when confronted by Callahan. “He never pointed the gun at the officer, that’s for sure.”
Graves said Callahan gave a statement to detectives on the scene, but she did not have details on what occurred. “It happened so quickly, under two minutes,” she said. “He was in the store about a minute and outside a minute or less. ... I don’t know how things transpired, whether he threw the gun or whether the guns perhaps flew from his hand when he was shot.”
Three separate and independent investigations have been launched into this incident, Graves said in a news release. The Modesto Police Department is conducting criminal and administrative investigations, and the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office is conducting independent review of the incident.
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