Just after midnight a police officer in downtown Modesto heard the sound of shots being fired near Maze Blvd, according to ModestoNews.org. The officer then observed a pickup truck coming from the direction of the sound of the shots. The officer attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle.
The suspect in the truck did not stop for the officer but instead drove onto Highway 99 and proceeded to drive south on the freeway at speeds of over 90 miles per hour.
The Modesto Police Department stayed with the vehicle as the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol joined in the pursuit.
The suspect drove to Turlock where he took an exit off Highway 99. He drove for a few minutes around Turlock before getting back onto Highway 99 and driving northbound back toward Modesto.
Turlock Police Sergeant Nino Amirfar said that the incident did not involve the Turlock Police Department.
The suspect was able to avoid at least 3 attempts by police to use spike strips and made his way back into Modesto, California. The suspect began to slow the vehicle for an unknown reason to about 40 miles an hour while on the freeway and after a few minutes took the Toulumne Blvd. exit and started driving west.
The officers in pursuit were given authorization at this time to use a PIT maneuver to facility a felony stop.
Now, what happened next will be under investigation for a while to come but, according to the radio traffic; soon after the suspect turned onto Toulumne Blvd. an officer called over the radio that the suspect was attempting to ram officers with his vehicle and then shortly after that a call came out of shots fired.
The suspect was struck by a bullet once in the back of his head and then transported to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.
The condition of the suspect has not yet been released however, the suspect was conscious when he was transported from the scene.
ModestoNews .org was there to bring you this footage of the police chase and the aftermath along with this written account of what happened.