An off-duty Stanislaus County Sheriff’s detective shot and killed a woman brandishing a gun Friday night, authorities said.
At about 6:30 p.m., the detective was in the 1700 block of Donald Street in west Modesto on personal business with her family when an argument ensued between the detective and the victim, according to deputy Andrew Winter.
At some point during the argument, the victim brandished a gun, Winter said.
Fearing for her safety and that of her family, the detective shot the woman. The detective was carrying her weapon in a concealed manner.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Investigators have yet to identify the victim, and were still trying to locate family members.
The detective, whose name has not been released, was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in such cases.
The department’s internal affairs unit, along with members of the Stanislaus County district attorney’s office, were at the scene throughout the night conducting their investigation, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.
Investigators also were interviewing witnesses.
Within minutes of the shooting, Donald Street was flooded with sheriff’s patrol cars and other department vehicles.
The street was closed to traffic, and residents were told to stay inside as investigators spoke to witnesses. Several people were driven away in patrol cars, apparently to be questioned elsewhere.
It’s the seventh shooting since December involving a law enforcement official in the Modesto area. The six previous shootings involved Modesto police officers.
The most recent officer-involved shooting occurred Sept. 6 inside an east Modesto home when two police officers shot and killed a belligerent man who lunged at them carrying a spatula.
The Modesto police officers had responded to reports that the man was carrying a large knife. That shooting is still under investigation.
Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at 578-2394.
Scenes minutes after the shooting
Investigation continues late into the night
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