Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin, along with Turlock Police Chief Robert Jackson, held a press conference on Sunday afternoon to further release information regarding an officer involved shooting that left a suspect shot dead, a Turlock Police Officer shot in the leg, and an innocent person driving by shot at during an attempted carjacking.
The Merced County Coroner’s Office officially identified the man killed by Turlock Police as Joseph Davis, 29 years old from Winton, California. According to Sheriff Pazin, Davis had a long record of criminal history since 2001 involving a myriad of charges and had spent time in prison as well. Davis was on parole at the time of the shooting.
Chief Jackson expressed condolences to the family and friends of the victim.
“No matter what unfolded yesterday we need to remember that there is a family that has lost someone in a very tragic way,” stated Jackson.
According to Chief Jackson, Corporal Dave Shaw, a nine-year veteran of the Turlock Police Department, was the officer shot during yesterday’s incident.
Chief Jackson acknowledged that many in the community are concerned about the wounded officer and his recovery.
“He is at home and expected to make a full recovery,” stated Jackson.
When Chief Jackson spoke with Corporal Shaw at the hospital the first thing Corporal Shaw asked was how the other officers were doing. Corporal Shaw was one of the shift supervisors during yesterdays’ incident.
The Officers involved in the shooting were: Sergeant Scott Ellis, an eleven-year veteran of the Turlock Police Department, Officer Queray McMihelk, a five-year veteran with the Turlock Police Department, and Officer Manpreet Kaur, a five-year veteran with the Turlock Police Department. All three were placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard procedure.
“Our thoughts are also with them and their families as far as their recovery time to get through this incident as well,” stated Jackson.
There were several additional officers at the scene that did not fire their weapons. All of those officers have been released back to work after being interviewed by investigators.
The incident started at approximately 6:20am when Turlock Police Officers located a stolen vehicle in the 1100 block of N. Golden State Boulevard that they had been looking for. The vehicle had previously been involved in a pursuit with Turlock Police on July 24, 2012.
A white male, now identified as Joseph Davis, approached the vehicle, however as police officers approached, Davis fled, leading to a police chase beginning at approximately 6:45am.
Davis fled westbound on Fulkerth Road before heading Southbound on Highway 99.He took the Bradbury off ramp, where he moved to the passenger side of the vehicle and jumped out.
Davis then attempted to carjack a vehicle that was driving west on Bradbury Road in Merced County. He shot into the vehicle he was attempting to carjack and officers fired in protection of the victim, striking Davis who died at the scene. One officer, Corporal Dave Shaw, was struck in the leg by crossfire and immediately transported to the hospital. He has since been released.
Jackson stated that it was unclear who shot the innocent driver, Davis or the police officers involved in the incident. A weapon was recovered at the scene and it is believed that it belonged to Davis.
The Turlock Police Department will be conducting a parallel investigation with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department.
Chief Jackson said, “Our investigation will focus on the officers’ actions, procedures and departmental protocol.”
Any witnesses to the incident are encouraged to contact Turlock Police Department at (209) 668-5525, and Merced County Sheriffs Department at (209) 385-7444.
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.