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Woman fatally shot by deputy in Ripon was Modesto restaurateur

Ripon police and Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies cordon off the area around a home on Tornell Circle in Ripon on Sunday after a vehicle chase and officer-involved shooting early that morning.
Ripon police and Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies cordon off the area around a home on Tornell Circle in Ripon on Sunday after a vehicle chase and officer-involved shooting early that morning. naustin@modbee.com

The woman fatally shot by a Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputy Sunday morning after a pursuit that began in Modesto and ended in Ripon has been identified as a Modesto business owner.

The San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office told The Record newspaper that the woman was Evin Sanna Olsen, 46, of Modesto. Public records show Olsen also was known as Evin Yadegar.

Yadegar and her husband own the Barkin’ Dog Grill on 11th Street in downtown Modesto. They opened the restaurant in 2004.

Beyond the release of Yadegar’s name, authorities released no new information on the case Monday.

But the news came as a shock to members of the local music scene.

Victoria Boyington, a local musician and head of the California Women’s Music Festival, said has worked closely with the Yadegars at the Barking Dog.

“She was a very kind person. She and her husband are very supportive of the arts in the community,” Boyington said after hearing the news. “What an awful thing to have happen.”

The Ripon Police Department posted on its Facebook page at 10:06 a.m. that news releases on the incident would come from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. But about 3:30 p.m., Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Anthony Bejaran said that after discussion with Ripon police and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, the decision was made to have Ripon police update the media.

Subsequent calls to a Ripon police spokesman had not been returned as of 6 p.m. Monday.

What’s known is that at 2:56 a.m. Sunday, Stanislaus deputies responded to a 911 call on Sisk Road in Modesto. When they arrived, a vehicle matching the description of the one reported was found at Sisk and Pirrone Road.

Deputies attempted to make a stop, but a pursuit began. The driver headed toward Salida and wound up in Ripon near South Manley Road and Tornell Circle, according to Bejaran.

At 3:20 a.m., there were reports of shots fired. The driver was struck, and attempts to save her life at the scene were unsuccessful. The deputy, whose name has not been released, was not hurt.

No information has been released regarding the nature of the initial 911 call or what preceded the shooting. Bejaran said Sunday that more details would be available Monday morning.

On Sunday morning, South Manley in Ripon was blocked from East Main Street to Tornell Drive. Ripon police cordoned off the area. More than a dozen emergency vehicles remained at the scene at 10 a.m.

A white Volkswagen coupe could be seen half embedded in the front windows of a home on Tornell Circle, between the front door and the three-car garage.

The deputy was placed on paid administrative leave, which is protocol in officer-involved shootings.

Because the shooting occurred in its jurisdiction, the Ripon Police Department is conducting the criminal investigation. The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office will conduct its own review, and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department will have its own administrative review.

In a Bee article shortly after the Barkin’ Dog opened, Evin Yadegar said the eatery reflected her background in set design for TV and theater. She said she scoured the town for the old chandeliers that hang the length of the large room, and the couple had more than an inch of plaster air-chiseled off the main wall to reveal the red brick beneath.

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