Modesto, CA- Detectives with the Modesto Police Department are investigating a violent assault by a suspect who stabbed a 17-year-old male and intentionally rammed his SUV into the front of a house, before being shot by police officers.
On Tuesday, August 14th, at about 1:35 A.M., Modesto Police officers were called to a residence in the 1000 block ofGemini Court, in northeast Modesto, for a report of a stabbing. When officers arrived on scene, they located a 17-year-old male victim suffering from a stab wound to his arm.
The preliminary investigation showed officers located the suspect sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked Chevy Tahoe, on Gemini Court. At one point, the suspect accelerated and drove his vehicle into the front porch of a house, striking a tree and crashing into the front door of the home. A female, who was near the front of the home, was injured as a result of the suspect intentionally ramming his vehicle into the home.
Witnesses said that while the suspect was still in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, officers confronted the suspect and gave repeated commands to stop. The suspect failed to comply and instead attempted to flee by placing his vehicle in reverse and accelerating. During the confrontation, two officers shot the suspect. After the suspect was shot, he was provided medical attention, however, was eventually pronounced dead at the scene by medical staff.
The 17-year-old stabbing victim was transported to a local hospital, where he is listed in stable condition. The female injured during the crash was also transported to a local hospital. She too is listed in stable condition.
Three separate and independent investigations have been launched into this incident, which is a standard protocol for any officer-involved shooting investigation in Stanislaus County. The Modesto Police Department will be conducting a criminal investigation into this incident, Stanislaus County District Attorney’s office will be conducting an independent criminal review of the incident and the officers’ actions, and the Modesto Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit will be conducting an administrative investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
Neither of the two officers involved were injured during this incident. The two officers involved will be placed on paid administrative leave, which is also standard procedure after an officer is involved in a shooting incident.