MODESTO, Calif. (CBS13) — A report of burglary ended in gunfire after two suspects led police on a chase through the city of Modesto late Saturday night, leaving one suspect dead and another seriously wounded.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department said Modesto officers received a call from a witness who spotted two suspects breaking into an auto body shop on the 600 block of North Franklin Street just after 11:00 p.m.

Officers arrived in minutes and found a pickup truck matching the description of the suspects’ vehicle driving away from the scene. When police attempted to pull the vehicle over, the suspects refused to stop.

Authorities followed the suspects through Modesto and into an unincorporated part of Stanislaus County north of the city. The pickup truck eventually spun out of control and smashed into another compact car.

Police tried to corral the truck with their vehicles and take the suspects into custody, but the driver allegedly put the truck in reverse and accelerated directly at the officers. Four officers opened fire at the cab of the truck, striking both occupants repeatedly.

The male driver was fatally wounded by multiple gunshots. The female passenger was seriously wounded and was transported to the hospital.

A civilian driver suffered moderate injuries in the collision and was treated at a local hospital.

Police said they found a loaded gun inside the suspects’ vehicle; both the gun and vehicle were reported stolen in Nevada last month.

Investigators believe the suspects were attempting to steal computer electronics from the auto body shop.

Comments (10)
  1. Squash says:

    Another dirtbag dead!!!Good job to modesto PD!!!!!

  2. Skinner says:

    Ya think after awhile the crooks would learn, when the Police say stop, STOP!!!!!

  3. Ed Grohosky says:

    …absolutely outstanding !! “act like a thug, DIE like a thug” !! GOOD RIDDANCE !!

  4. james says:

    Of course all the police had to do was get out of the way of the backing truck! and the guy would of still Ben a live and the woman passenger wouldn’t of had to go to the hospital It sounds a lot like the story about the Chp gunning down a young man just north of escalon a few years back, Sad

    1. Todd says:

      Um yeah, whatever. When a vehicle charges at officer in a direct attempt to evade arrest, any officer in that situation will open fire on the suspect. The officers are going home to their families that evening, and the suspect,..oh well..who cares…one less piece of human garbage on the streets reaking havok on society. good job officers..keep it up. Your hard work is appreciated!

  5. grecia says:

    That was a very good job by the police. Thanks for cleaning our society 🙂

  6. moderatessence says:

    It would be nice if law enforcement could get a hefty bonuse for every thug thieve’n career criminal they gun down. Everyone would benefit. Society would be safer, law enforcement would be rewared for an outstanding job and the career criminal wouldn’t have to live a life of guilt anymore.

  7. confused says:

    bonus for doing your job thats stupid

  8. moderatessence says:

    Maybe suggesting a bonus for completely eliminating a societal misfit is a bit overzelous. But when a career criminal is gunned down while committing a crime, the public should feel just as relieved as when a serial muderer is caught.

  9. kelly says:

    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Exterminate all the Thugs.

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