Man shot by cops had pulled a gun, initial reports say

Lorenzo Macias
Lorenzo Macias

A man shot by Modesto police Wednesday night had pointed a gun at officers, according to initial information provided to investigators.

The man was identified as Lorenzo Macias, 22, of Modesto, police spokesman Sgt. Craig Gundlach said.

He said officers shot Macias in the face and the arm. He was rushed to a hospital after the shooting.

The injuries did not appear to be life-threatening and Macias is expected to recover, Gundlach said.

He said Sgt. Alex Bettis and officers Robert Reyna and Bob Meredith were involved in the incident, which started about 9:55 p.m. near Paradise Avenue and Madison Street.

Officers assigned to the department's Street Crimes Unit were conducting surveillance when they noticed a red Nissan they sus- pected was stolen. They said they later learned Macias was the driver.

Officers in unmarked cars followed the Nissan to a complex in the 600 block of Leon Avenue, where the driver tried to make a U-turn, according to police. One of the unmarked cars blocked the Nissan from getting back on the road, and Bettis and Reyna got out of their car.

That's when Bettis and Reyna fired shots at the suspect, Gundlach said. Police are investigating whether shots were fired from a gun officers found in the Nissan.

Meredith rammed his vehicle into the driver's side of the Nissan, pushing it several feet, according to a news release.

A 24-year-old female passenger in the Nissan was not injured and was not arrested, police said. None of the officers was injured.

Bettis, Reyna and Meredith were placed on administrative leave, standard practice after police-involved shootings, Gundlach said. Bettis was hired by the Modesto Police Department in 2001, Reyna was hired in 2001 and Meredith was hired in 2004.

Bee staff writer Inga Miller can be reached at imiller@modbee.com or 578-2324.

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