Officer fires on man at Johansen High burglary attempt

At least one Modesto police officer shot a burglary suspect while responding to a silent alarm early this morning at Johansen High School.

The suspect suffered a minor, nonlife-threatening injury, according to Sgt. Brian Findlen, spokesman for the Modesto Police Department.

The incident began at 12:45 a.m. after reports of a silent alarm going off at the football stadium press box at 641 Norseman Drive, just east of Claus Road and Creekwood Drive. The alarm indicated glass had been broken.

Officers were dispatched immediately and arrived within three minutes, Findlen said.

Upon their arrival, officers encountered two men running eastbound across the football field from the west side of the stadium, Findlen said.

The men ran to a parking lot on the east side of the stadium and attempted to flee in a white Chevrolet pickup.

One of the officers broadcast via the police radio that the driver of the truck had attempted to run an officer over with the truck. At least one officer fired upon the truck during the encounter, Findlen said.

Officers stopped the truck as it fled westbound onto Creekwood Drive and then northbound onto Claus Road.

One of the occupants in the truck sustained a minor, non-life threatening, gunshot wound and was transported to a local hospital for treatment, Findlen said.

Modesto Police detectives, along with personnel from the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office, are investigating the incident.

The involved officers have been placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated.

Both are standard procedures in officer-involved shooting incidents.

Police shut down Claus Road from Creekwood north to Scenic Drive.

Investigators were still working the scene just after 4 a.m.

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