The identity of the suspect who was shot and killed by a Turlock Police Officer on Monday, April 16, 2012, has been released as the investigation continues. The subject involved in the shooting has been identified as Alejandro Hernandez , 19 years old, from Turlock.
Hernandez was one of four subjects who were contacted during this incident. The Turlock Police Department has had prior contacts with Hernandez. At this time, preliminary investigation indicates, Hernandez pointed a loaded handgun at an Officer and the Officer fired his handgun in response to the threat.
On April 16th, at approximately 11:30am, Turlock Police Department Officers responded to the area of Nikki Ann Way and N. Tully Road, after receiving a call from a citizen about a suspicious group of subjects possibly casing the area.
The Turlock Police Officers who responded to the location made contact with Hernandez and the other three subjects. It is believed Hernandez pointed a loaded handgun at an Officer and the Officer fired his handgun in response to the threat. Hernandez was struck in the torso.
Officers summoned medical attention and Hernandez was taken to the nearest hospital. Despite efforts to revive Hernandez, he was pronounced dead by the attending physician.
The handgun Hernandez pointed at the Officer was recovered at the scene.
Turlock Police Officers were not injured during the shooting.
No information on the officer responsible for shooting and killing the suspect has been released by police yet.
While Turlock Police have had prior contact with Hernandez, Turlock Police Chief Rob Jackson would like to let members of the community know this is an isolated incident and there is no active threat to public safety.
Chief Jackson would also like to express his condolences to Hernandez’ family during this tragic event.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Jason Tosta at (209) 668-5550 extension 6624.
The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.