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STOCKTON - A man who witnesses say was firing a gun into the air in a busy neighborhood was shot and critically injured by police after turning the gun on officers.

The incident was reported just before 2:00pm on Wednesday near the intersection of San Joaquin and Church Streets in south Stockton. Police began receiving several 911 calls indicating a man armed with a gun was firing rounds into the air.

Two Stockton Police Officers and a San Joaquin County Sheriff's Deputy responded to the scene. As they arrived, authorities say the gunman opened fire.

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"This is a densely populated area." said Officer Joe Silva, a Stockton Police Spokesperson. "When our officers arrived, they immediately began taking fire and they had the obligation and duty to protect themselves and everybody in the area."

The man was struck several times by officer's gunfire and rushed to a hospital. He was listed in critical condition.

Police conducted safety checks of the residences in the area where the shooting occurred. A protocol investigation was conducted by authorities. The officers involved were identified as Vincent Perez and Sean Konoske, who were both hired in 2013. The involved deputy was identified as Shawn Vargas, who was hired in 2008.

The gunman was identified as 28 year old Carl Lao. A .25 caliber handgun and box of ammunition were located near Lao when he was shot. Some gunfire exchanged during the incident struck nearby residences, but there were no other injuries reported.

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Published in Stockton Crime

MERCED - A police officer and suspect involved in a shootout were both injured during a traffic stop early Saturday morning, officials say.

The incident happened at about 2:30am near the intersection of 22nd and H Streets. An officer stopped a vehicle at the location and asked for an additional officer to assist. As the officer approached the vehicle, one of the occupants opened fire, striking the officer. An investigator at the scene said the officer was hit twice.

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Officers returned fire on the suspect vehicle as it attempted to flee. It was later found abandoned in an alleyway about a block away. An extensive manhunt ensued, involving a SWAT team and support from a CHP helicopter.

A couple of hours later, a suspect was located about a block to the north, hiding in a yard. The suspect was injured from gun shot wounds when the officers returned fire on the suspect vehicle.

A second suspect was not located, and authorities could not comment wether the firearm used to shoot the officer was located. Conditions of both involved were not available at time of publication.

We will post further updates as they become available.

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Published in Merced Crime
Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00

Authorities Seek Tips in Waterford Homicide

WATERFORD - Authorities are seeking tips in Saturday night's homicide at Beard Park.

Deputies were called to the area of the 500 block of C Street at about 9pm after receiving 911 calls of gunshots in the area. When they arrived they located a man down in the parking lot next to an SUV. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by medics.

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The victim was only identified as a 20 year old hispanic male adult, as detectives were still waiting for positive identification. Crime scene investigators and detectives were out late overnight processing the crime scene and interviewing witnesses to determine the circumstances leading up to the shooting.

No suspect information was released by authorities.

Investigators are urging anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective Frank Soria at (209) 525-7080. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips athttp://www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.

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Published in Crime
Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

Shootout Ends with Four Detained

MODESTO - Police detained four people suspected of exchanging gun fire with another vehicle in a residential area Thursday afternoon.

Police spokeswoman Heather Graves says dispatchers began receiving calls after 3:30pm reporting gunfire in the area of Spruce and Madison in west Modesto.

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Responding officers saw one vehicle leaving the area that matched the description of one reported involved. An officer attempted to stop the vehicle, a gray Chevy pickup, near 4th Street Park when an occupant fled on foot.

Additional police officers responded to the scene and established a perimeter around the area and brought a police K-9 unit to search. Within a few moments, a resident in the area alerted officers that the suspect who fled was hiding in a backyard.

Authorities detained the suspect, a 17 year old boy, and located the hand gun stuffed in a garage. Additionally, three other male occupants were detained from the pickup, all adults.

There were no injuries in the initial shootout, but a home was struck several times by stray bullets. The other vehicle involved in the incident was not located.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where you can remain anonymous.

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Published in Modesto Crime
Friday, 04 April 2014 08:09

Police Identify Homicide Suspect

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MODESTO - Police have identified a man arrested for Thursday's shooting death of 51 year old Kirk Lund on Leonard Avenue.

Joshua Stewart, 24 years old, was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on charges including homicide, armed robbery, narcotics, as well as others.

Stewart is suspected of shooting Lund, a maintenance man, late Thursday morning on Leonard Avenue. Lund was rushed to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Stewart is expected to appear in court on Monday.

Published in Breaking News
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 04:34

Man Found Shot Dead

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MODESTO - Authorities are asking for the public's help to gather clues in the shooting death of a Delhi man.

Officials say they received a call just after 5pm on February 23rd of gun shots on the 300 block of Olivero Road. When deputies arrived, they found 36 year old Oscar Nunez deceased from at least one gunshot wound. His body was found in a field with volleyball courts.

Residents report hearing gunshots about 45 minutes before authorities were called. Officials say Mr. Nunez was frequently seen in the area before the shooting.

Investigators are following up on leads and are asking anyone with information to contact detective Lloyd MacKinnon at 209-525-7032.

No arrests have been made.

Published in Modesto Crime

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MODESTO - It can happen in the blink of an eye. You're going about your day and the next moment you're fighting for your life after crossing paths with the wrong person.

This was the case today for 51 year old Kirk Lund.

Lund lost his life after being shot on Leonard Avenue late this morning. Police were dispatched to the area after reports of gunfire and a person down. Lund was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Hard Working, friendly, and loving. All words used to describe Kirk Lund on the Central Valley TV Facebook page by those that knew him. Those that did were impacted by his loss, but thankful that his suspected killer was apprehended.

That capture comes on behalf of citizens' quick actions and cooperation with responding officers, officials say. The suspect was located a block or so away by an officer who quickly gave chase. The gunman fled on foot but was captured after a short chase near the intersection of Tully and Coldwell. Across the street, several college students walked the track, unaware of the severity of the situation.

Lund was a maintenance man who was working at the apartments where he was shot, according to a neighbor who declined to give his name. "He was the kind of man who would say hi to you even if he didn't know you. It doesn't make sense why someone would want to hurt him."

He also said he believed the suspect was living on Leonard Avenue as well. "I don't think he's from around here, but he's been staying here lately. He just threw his life away though. The whole thing is stupid."

Another woman who feared retaliation for talking to the media said she heard three gunshots while she was inside of her home. Neighbors gasped in shock as word quickly spread of who the victim was.

Although the motive behind the shooting is still being investigated, robbery has not been ruled out. Police say an early report indicated Lund may have been robbed during the shooting.

A piece of evidence, presumably the gun used to shoot and kill Lund, was recovered from the top of the convenience store at Tully and Coldwell. Police confirmed a gun was located and recovered near the crime scene. They have yet to identify the suspect.

Anyone who may have any information pertaining to this incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at 209-521-4636 where you can remain anonymous.

Published in Modesto Crime
Monday, 02 September 2013 01:53

Pair of Homicides Investigated

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Stockton Police are investigating a homicide they say took place on the 1600 block of Julian Street. The incident is reported to have occurred just before 6am and say information is very limited.

Authorities are encouraging anyone that may have any information helpful to the case to call police at (209) 937-8377.

Police are also investigating a shooting that claimed the life of one person early yesterday morning. Officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired with a person down in the area of Park and Commerce Streets.

The victim, a 29 year old male, was suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was later declared deceased by medics at the scene.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Police Department at (209) 937-8377, Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600, or submit a tip on the SPD Facebook page.

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $10,000 on information that leads to an arrest.

Published in Stockton Crime
Thursday, 11 July 2013 01:32

Man Found Shot In Roadway

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Just before 10pm on July 10th 2013 Newman Police Officers responded to the area of Tulare and M Streets for a report of a person found shot in the roadway.

When officers arrived they found a male shooting victim down on the road. He was transported to a hospital via air ambulance for a gunshot wound to the head. Officials have only identified the victim as a 24 year old male, and there is currently no update on his condition.

Authorities ask anyone with information about this case to contact Officer Ronil Singh at (209) 862-2902 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can E-mail tips at www.modestopolice.com/crimestoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing “tip704” plus the message. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward

Published in Crime
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 12:15

School Searched For Shooter

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A suspect that allegedly opened fire on officers is in the hospital and a school has been taped off as a crime scene this evening.

The incident happened just after 6pm near August Knodt School in the Weston Ranch area of Stockton. Officers initially attempted to make a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle and that's when officials say shots were fired at police.

Several officers including the SWAT team responded to the scene to search the school for a second suspect that may have fled the vehicle during the chaos of gunfire. An official says there were no officers injured and the school is not in session.

Published in Stockton Crime
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