Crime

Officer identified in Modesto shooting that left suspect injured

Detectives continue their investigation into the events that led to an officer involved shooting early Sunday evening, Feb. 14.
Detectives continue their investigation into the events that led to an officer involved shooting early Sunday evening, Feb. 14. Modesto Police Department

Authorities on Thursday identified the officer involved in a shooting Sunday night.

Tyler Houston, a 10-year-veteran of the department, shot Sherman August, 29, after August ran from a traffic stop and pulled a gun, police said in a news release.

The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. on Prescott Road near Plaza Parkway. According to police, officers with the department’s Street Gang Unit “activated their emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop” on the car, a Cadillac sedan. Authorities have not said why officers wanted to stop the car.

When the car stopped at a traffic light, August ran from the rear passenger door, armed with a revolver. Houston chased August, ordering him to drop the gun. “After August did not comply, the officer fired several rounds, striking August twice,” the news release said. A photo accompanying the release shows a revolver with a wooden handle.

August was taken to a local hospital, where he remained in critical but stable condition Thursday.

Houston, who was not injured during the incident, has been placed on paid administrative leave, standard procedure with all officer-involved shootings.

The Modesto Police Department is conducting both a criminal and administrative investigation. The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office is conducting an independent review of the incident.

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