MODESTO (CBS13) — An officer-involved shooting that occurred in Modesto last May has been deemed as justified by the county district attorney.
“After a thorough review of all the relevant evidence gathered during the investigation of the officer-involved shooting that occurred on May 25, 2020, the shooting has been determined to be justified,” Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager said in a statement Thursday.READ MORE: Hamilton Fans Evacuated After Fire Alarm Goes Off In Sacramento Convention Center
According to Modesto police, on May 25 around 9:30 p.m., officers John Carracio and Ryan Owens were stopped at the intersection of west Orangeburg and Enslen Avenues when 35-year-old Reymar Gagarin pulled up next to them.
Gagarin got out of the vehicle and was reportedly holding a handgun. He then walked towards officers while pointing the gun at them. The officers opened fire at him, hitting him multiple times, according to then Modesto Police Department Chief Galen Carroll.READ MORE: Missing Marysville Teen Carmen Miller May Be Victim Of Sex Trafficking, Police Say
Gagarin was taken to a nearby hospital where he died.
Gagarin’s gun was later found to be fake.
Witnesses say Gagarin wanted to get into a chase with police and force them to shoot him.MORE NEWS: Proposed Campground Expansion At Auburn State Recreation Area Draws Concern Over Wildfire Risk
The Modesto Police Department later released bodycam video of the incident, which you can see here.