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CHP officers involved in fatal shooting near Turlock identified

Carrick "Eric" Vigen is pictured here with his dog, Cody. (Courtesy of Vigen family)
Carrick "Eric" Vigen is pictured here with his dog, Cody. (Courtesy of Vigen family)

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department released the names of the CHP officers involved in Saturday's fatal shooting of a Sacramento man near Turlock.

Sgt. Ian Troxell, a 12-year California Highway Patrol veteran; officer Jonathan Box, who's been with the agency for 3½ years; and officer Adam Percey, a 2½-year employee, were involved in the shooting of Carrick "Eric" Vigen, according to Sgt. Anthony Bajaran, a Sheriff's Department spokesman.

All are on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

Vigen was shot to death by officers at the Valero gas station at the intersection of Crows Landing Road and West Main Street, about seven miles west of Turlock.

Family members said Vigen was determined to commit suicide by cop. His brother, who said he was on the phone with him seconds before the shooting, said Vigen had a .45-caliber handgun in his lap and he intended to "force a shootout."

He said he heard the car door open and officers yelling instructions at his brother before the phone went silent. Vigen's mother said her son had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder five years ago and was in a manic state before the shooting.

Bajaran, in a statement, did not release details of the officers' involvement.

After county detectives conclude their investigation, all the information will be turned over to the Stanislaus County district attorney's office, which will decide whether or not the shooting was justified.

This is the second fatal officer-involved shooting by a CHP officer this year.

In March, 19-year-old Ricky Miranda, a California State University, Stanislaus, student, was shot to death by an off-duty CHP officer in east Modesto after Miranda escaped from nearby Doctors Behavioral Health Center.

Miranda was killed after police said he attempted to break into several homes in northeast Modesto. He had been taken to the behavioral center about six hours before the fatal confrontation because friends thought he was suicidal.

The name of the off-duty officer has not been released.

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