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MODESTO - Authorities are investigating a fatal deputy involved shooting that took place late Wednesday night.

Deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriffs Office were investigating a kidnapping/false imprisonment case when they located their suspect near the intersection of Vine and Madison Streets.

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A Ramey Warrant was obtained for the suspect, identified as 52 year old Stephen Murray. As authorities observed Murray, they saw he had the victim in this incident with him.

Deputies attempted to take Murray into custody, at which time he took the victim hostage with a gun. At least one deputy opened fire, striking Murray. The victim was unharmed, Murray died at the scene. Authorities recovered his weapon, which was determined to be a replica firearm.

Detectives with the Modesto Police Department responded to investigate the incident. The Stanislaus District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff Internal Affairs also responded to investigate.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Modesto Police Detective Sean Martin at (209) 572-9500.

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MODESTO - Authorities investigated the death of a man after he was taken into custody by deputies Tuesday afternoon.

Officials say deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on the 1000 block of Imperial Avenue for a report of a disturbance between a father and an adult son. Reports indicated the son was going crazy and breaking objects, according to a press release by the sheriff’s office.

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Additional reports to authorities indicated that the disturbance had moved out of the home, and several gang members became involved with one of them possibly armed with a gun.

Arriving deputies contacted the adult son in an empty lot nearby, where he resisted officials. The man appeared to be in an altered state, according to authorities. A taser and K-9 was used to apprehend him. During the struggle, authorities asked for an ambulance to stand by in the area.

After the deputies were able to control the man, he became unresponsive and suffered a medical emergency. Deputies began performing life-saving measures on him. He was rushed to a hospital for treatment but later died Wednesday morning.

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Authorities closed off a section of Frazier Street between Inyo and Lassen Avenues well into the night as they examined the area and investigated the incident. Several evidence markers could be seen on the ground near a discarded mattress and other debris on the side of a road.

The man’s age or identity was not released as of Wednesday night, however officials anticipated having more information to release Thursday. Release of body camera video was tentatively planned for release pending investigative interviews and processing of evidence.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Fisher at (209) 525-7083.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 15:17

Police Investigate Crime Scene

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MODESTO - Police closed off a business during a crime scene investigation Tuesday afternoon.

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Shortly after 2:00pm, officers with the Modesto Police Department responded to a business on the 1000 block of Kansas Avenue.

Authorities taped off the area as a crime scene. Detectives responded to investigate the circumstances regarding the incident.

Further details will be posted as information develops.

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Sunday, 07 July 2019 21:52

Multiple Alarm Fire in Modesto

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MODESTO - A multi-alarm structure fire caused massive damages to a warehouse property Sunday evening.

The fire was reported shortly before 9:00pm near the intersection of 9th Street and Tully Road. Arriving fire crews reported visible smoke from the roof area.

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Within minutes of the investigation phase, fire conditions intensified, with fire extending to the rest of the building. Sections of roof and wall of the warehouse collapsed as more and more fire crews responded.

By 10pm the fire continued to rage through the building. At least three ladder trucks were extended, pouring water into the fire from above.

Various fire agencies from around the region responded to assist. An investigator also responded to the scene to determine the cause.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Stanislaus Fire Investigations Unit at (209) 525-5537.

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Thursday, 04 July 2019 06:56

Deputies Search for Homicide Suspect

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STANISLAUS COUNTY - Authorities set up a perimeter between Keyes and Turlock Thursday morning to search for a homicide suspect on the run.

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Early reports indicate a vehicle crashed into a utility pole near Keyes and Geer Roads shortly after 6am. The occupant exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

The vehicle was believed to be connected to a homicide in San Joaquin County. The occupant who fled on foot was described as a Hispanic male wearing a gray sweatshirt, and may be armed with a handgun.

A large perimeter was established by authorities to search for the suspect.

Further details will be posted as the situation develops.

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Wednesday, 29 May 2019 15:43

Ceres Stand-off Ends Peacefully

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CERES - Authorities took a suspect into custody after a standoff at a mobile home park that lasted several hours.

Authorities responded to the mobile home park near Central Avenue and Service Road at about 10:30am for a disturbance at one of the units. Early reports indicate a relative of a woman at the home heard what sounded like a fight and called authorities.

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Officers responded and determined the man in the home had outstanding warrants, and that the woman had a restraining order against him.

Police and Sheriff SWAT teams as well as negotiators responded after officers tried to talk the man out of the home. Neither he or the woman exited. Nearby schools were placed on lockdown.

Authorities breached a window and used beanbags to attempt to get the man to comply and establish communication with him using a PA system. At one point, the woman in the home appeared for a brief moment. A throw-phone was also brought by authorities to attempt to communicate with the man.

The woman later exited, and officers eventually used teargas to get the man to exit. He was then taken into custody.

At time of publication, no further details were available. No injuries were reported.

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Monday, 27 May 2019 19:40

Multi Alarm Fire Damages Modesto Home

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MODESTO - Firefighters responded to a multi alarm fire at a home on Scenic Drive Monday evening.

The fire was dispatched at about 7:18pm at a home on the 3000 block of Scenic Drive. Arriving crews found a home with significant fire activity. The fire was upgraded several alarms, bringing more resources, equipment and personnel.

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Various fire agencies including Modesto, Ceres and Stanislaus Consolidated responded to the incident. Investigators were called to the scene to determine the cause and origin of the fire. At time of publication there were no mention of injuries and a damage estimate was not available.

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