At about 5:45 pm Thursday evening, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to an 11-99 call at the intersection of High Street and Lane Street, Turlock. An 11-99 is a radio code that is called whenever an officer needs immediate assistance in a life or death situation.
Investigators with the California Highway Patrol and Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force had located what they believed to be the suspect vehicle in a shooting that had occurred on the freeway the evening prior. As investigators approached the vehicle, a subject began shooting at them. Investigators returned fire and the subject fled on foot.
As investigators chased the subject, a second subject also began firing at them. He also shortly after fled on foot.
Investigators were able to catch up with the first subject and take him into custody. He was not injured.
Turlock Police officers and officers from other law enforcement agencies throughout the county quickly arrived on scene and began searching for the second shooter. At the time of writing this, he is currently still on the loose and officers are still in the area searching for him.
During the incident, one of the California Highway Patrol investigators suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound. He was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital. His current condition remains unknown.
It is unclear at this time which agencies had officers who fired their weapons.
Whenever an officer involved shooting occurs, a number of investigations are launched. Because the incident occurred within Turlock city limits, the Turlock Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation into the matter just like they would with any other crime that occurs within the city. The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office will also be conducting a separate investigation into the matter to ensure that the officers who fired their weapons were in compliance with local, state, and federal laws. Finally, the agencies who had officers who fired their weapons will also be conducting independent internal investigations to ensure that their officers followed departmental policy and their training.
The Turlock Police Department is asking anyone in the immediate area of the incident to remain indoors until the searching has been completed.
The identity and charges of the subject who was taken into custody remain unknown as he has yet to be booked into jail.
The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Detective Brandon Bertram at 209-678-6248.