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Modesto police shoot suspect

Lorenzo Macias
Lorenzo Macias

The man shot by police Wednesday night pointed a gun at officers, according to initial information provided to investigators, according to Modesto police.

In a press release issued by the department this morning, Sgt. Craig Gundlach identified the man as 22-year-old Lorenzo Macias of Modesto. He said officers shot Macias in the face and the arm and that Macias is expected to recover.

He was rushed to an undisclosed hospital following the shooting.

The incident started about 9:55 p.m. near Paradise Road and Madison Avenue. Officers assigned to the department’s Street Crimes Unit were conducting surveillance when they noticed a red Nissan police suspect was stolen. Macias was later was determined to be the driver.

Officers followed the Nissan, driven by Macias, to a complex on the 600 block of Leon Avenue where the Nissan attempted to make a U-turn, according to the release. It stated that officers got out of one car and shots were fired. A second officer rammed the driver’s side of the Nissan pushing it several feet, according to the release.

No officers were injured. They found a handgun in the Nissan, according to the release.

Macias was treated by police and paramedics at the scene and was transported to the hospital. A 24-year-old female passenger was uninjured and was not arrested, according to the release. Officers have been placed on paid leave, standard practice following police-involved shootings.

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