A police officer shot and killed an armed suspect Thursday night. Police said the suspect was moving toward the officer with a knife.
Commander Michael Borges of the Ceres Police Department gave this account:
At 7:33 p.m., patrol officers responded to a dispute between neighbors in the 1800 block of Crestmoor Court. Police were told that one of the neighbors was armed with a knife.
When the officers arrived, they were unable to locate the individual. By 7:57, police dispatchers began receiving calls of a man with a knife who matched the description of the suspect. Witnesses reported an armed man in the backyard of a home on the 1700 block of Richland Avenue, about two blocks west of the original incident.
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Dispatch continued to receive calls of an armed man going through the neighborhood. Officers responded and converged on Richard Way.
Officers began searching the yards of homes up and down the street. A team of three officers searched a backyard in the 1800 block of Richard Way.
Borges reported that as one officer was searching the southeast corner, he was confronted by a man armed with a large knife.
Borges said the officer began to back away, ordering the subject to stop. But the man with a knife continued forward.
The other two officers in the yard were moving to assist when multiple shots were fired at about 8:13 p.m. The man was struck numerous times on the left side of his upper torso.
Police reported that the officer and subject were less than 10 feet apart when the shots were fired. The wounded man was taken to a Modesto hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.
Police identified him Rodwell Jauregui, 25, of Ceres.
Police said they found two knives on Jauregui — one with an 10-inch blade and the other a pocket or folding knife.
The Stanislaus County district attorney’s office was notified and will assist in the investigation. The officer, who was not identified by police, was placed on administrative leave as is normal in any police shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ceres Police at 538-5625 or 538-5730 and speak to Detective Sgt. Jeff Higginbotham and or Detective Mark Neri.