Police identify officer involved in fatal shooting near Ceres

Ceres police on Thursday released the name of the officer involved in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy on Saturday

Officer Ross Bays, 38, was the officer involved In the incident, according to a press release issued by Sgt. Greg Yotsuya on behalf of Police Chief Brent Smith. Bays is a seven-year veteran of the department.

The incident began as a call reporting someone was brandishing a gun at Smyrna Park in Ceres. Bays, responding to the scene, spotted a Lexus that matched the description of the one involved in the incident.

The officer tried to pull the car over, but it led him on a high-speed chase toward Hughson, authorities said earlier.

The Lexus stopped on Sperry Road just north of Service Road, and Carmen Spencer Mendez — armed with a handgun — immediately got out, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department said.

Bays fired at least one shot. Mendez was declared dead at the scene. ‘

Bays has been placed on administrative leave, as per department policy, Ceres police said. The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident.

This is Bays’ second officer involved shooting.

In October he and Sgt. Darren Venn shot 27-year-old Nicholas Adam Pimentel, a suspected drunk driver who led them on a pursuit that ended in south Modesto, also in the Sheriff Department’s jurisdiction.

The sheriff’s department has not disclosed where the pursuit began or what initiated it, how it ended and what Pimentel did at that point. They would not say if Pimentel had a weapon or threatened the officers in any way.