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Stanislaus County sheriff releases names of deputies involved in fatal Modesto shooting

Stanislaus County deputy shoots suspect in Modesto

An investigation is underway in Modesto, CA, after a Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department opened fire and struck a suspect during a STING operation on Thursday, March 21, 2019.
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An investigation is underway in Modesto, CA, after a Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department opened fire and struck a suspect during a STING operation on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

The man shot by two Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies during a robbery and carjacking investigation Thursday has died. And on Friday evening, the names of the deputies involved in the shooting were released.

Dai’Shawn Brown, 19, was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after the shooting in the area of Carver Road and Teresa Street, said Modesto Police Department spokeswoman Sharon Bear.

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies with the STING unit, which focuses on gangs and drugs, contacted Brown and two others. Brown was wanted for robbery and carjacking that occurred in February.

“During the contact, deputies believed the suspects were in possession of a firearm,” according to a press release from the Modesto Police Department. The Modesto police department is investigating the shooting because it occurred within its jurisdiction.

Bear said a gun was recovered at the scene but she would not say where it was located or if Brown brandished it at deputies.

The other two people contacted by deputies were detained. One was interviewed and the released and the other was arrested.

Andreuss Brown, 18, is being held in the Stanislaus County Jail on charges of carjacking, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy. Bear did not know if he is related to Dai’Shawn Brown.

The carjacking occurred just after midnight on Feb. 24 in east Modesto. The victim told police Dai’Shawn Brown was a friend who’d asked her for a ride that night, according to Modesto Police Sgt. Eric Schuller.

When she picked him up in the 3300 block of Ocotillo Way, she agreed to let him drive her car. Dai’Shawn Brown drove to at least one other location and picked up two men and a woman, Schuller said.

At Orangeburg Avenue and Entrada Way, one of the men they’d picked up brandished a BB gun then hit the victim in the head with it five or six times. The suspects then forced the victim out of her vehicle and drove away, Schuller said.

Schuller said all four suspects were identified and warrants were issued for their arrests. He would not release the names of the other two suspects.

Investigators have not said why deputies were in Modesto and whether they were looking for Dai’Shawn Brown and Andreuss Brown in connection with the carjacking or something else that occurred within their jurisdiction.

The names of the deputies involved in the shooting were released Friday evening: Det. David Corder, a four-year veteran of the department, and Det. Christopher Gallo, a 10-year veteran. Their ages were not immediately available. Both are assigned to the STING - or Special Team Investigating Narcotics and Gangs - unit, said Sgt. Tom Letras, a department spokesman. Both discharged their weapons, Letras said.

Corder and Gallo have been assigned to administrative duties while the investigation continues. Letras said.

“Anytime our deputies are involved in a shooting, it affects the community, the deputies and the families of the suspects,” Sheriff Jeff Dirkse said in a news release issued Friday evening. “Our goal is to be transparent, honest and efficient for the benefit of the community we serve and those affected by this incident.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636 or download the P3 app. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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Erin has been covering breaking news and crime at The Modesto Bee since 2010. She is a Humboldt State graduate and resides in Oakdale.


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