Crime

Two Modesto police officers fired shots in deadly Turlock shooting

Two Modesto Police Department officers fired their guns in the fatal shooting of a Tulare County man in Turlock this week, according to Turlock police.

The department would not release the names of the officers or their years of service but said they are members of the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency and were involved in a narcotics investigation.

The agency is comprised of officers and agents from the Turlock Police Department, Modesto Police Department, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Stanislaus County Probation Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Members from each were present when the shooting occurred in a parking lot in the 2300 block of West Main Street.

Officers were trying to arrest Omar Villagomez, 21, when the vehicle he was driving collided with unmarked police vehicles. The Modesto officers fired, fatally wounding Villagomez.

Villagomez’s passenger, 27-year-old Juan Bulgara, was injured by debris from the collision; he was not shot, according to Turlock police Officer Steve Rodrigues.

Rodrigues did not release any further details of the shooting or the investigation into Villagomez and Bulgara.

Bulgara is in custody on suspicion of methamphetamine possession with intent to sell; transportation of methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance while armed; and possession of a loaded and concealed firearm.

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