A man wanted for an assault on a Turlock police officer earlier this year was shot Monday morning by police in a northeast Modesto shopping center.
At about 8:50 a.m., Jason Boyd Perkins, 38, was apparently spotted at the shopping center on the west side of Oakdale Road just north of Briggsmore Avenue by bail bond agents. They alerted the Modesto Police Department that Perkins was dangerous and possibly armed.
Officers arrived at the center on Oakdale and Lancey Drive – which houses Big Lots, a Bank of America and other businesses – and found Perkins seated in a vehicle in front of the bank, according to Heather Graves, spokeswoman for the Modesto Police Department.
When officers made initial contact, the shooting occurred, Graves said.
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Perkins was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. As of late Monday afternoon, his condition was not known.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting are under investigation, Graves said.
A woman, who requested anonymity for fear of retribution, said she was in the parking lot of the shopping center across the street at the time of the shooting.
She said she heard at least five shots, looked over and saw two men dressed in black with black helmets covering their faces. They were firing into the vehicle Graves said was involved in the incident, she said.
Describing the scene as surreal and not understanding who the shooters were, the woman got back in her vehicle and drove off.
Modesto Police Chief Galen Carroll confirmed the officers were in full uniform. However, Graves alluded to just one officer being placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shooting incidents.
Graves said Perkins was wanted on the assault with a firearm on the Turlock officer, auto theft and evading a peace officer in an incident that occurred earlier this year.
Graves could not confirm why Perkins was shot or how many times he'd been shot.
She confirmed there was no pursuit prior to the shooting. Two hours after the shooting, the car remained atop bushes along the Bank of America drive-thru.
Among those at the scene following the shooting were several officers, detectives, Carroll and Mayor Ted Brandvold. Brandvold's son was among the detectives investigating the shooting.
Southbound traffic on Oakdale Road in front of the shopping center was closed for several hours.
Three investigations were launched by the shooting: a criminal investigation by the Police Department, one by Internal Affairs and one by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. That is normal protocol, Graves said.
The department has not yet released the name of the officer involved.
It is the third officer-involved shooting in Stanislaus County in the past few weeks. On Oct. 22, Ceres police officers shot to death a man who was fleeing from officers in west Modesto.
Early Sunday morning, a man suffered non-life-threatening injuries after he was shot by a Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department deputy in south Modesto.
Anyone with information about this incident is being encouraged to call Detective Robert Gumm at 209-342-9162.