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Deputy shoots unarmed south Modestan

POSTED November 8, 2017 9:20 a.m.
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SOUTH MODESTO - A multi-agency investigation is underway for an officer-involved shooting that occurred early Sunday in the 1700 block of Vivian Road in south Modesto.

At approximately 1:13 a.m. Sunday, Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call regarding a domestic fight. Two deputies arrived on scene at about eight minutes later. Shortly after arriving they broadcast that shots had been fired by Deputy Christopher Hendee and Alex Barber was struck. Emergency medical personnel responded and transported Barber to Doctors Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound to the chest. The Sheriff's Department said the man who was shot was released from the hospital on Monday afternoon.

Detectives processed the crime scene and interviewed witnesses.

Neither deputy was injured. Deputy Hendee, a five-year law enforcement officer, was placed on paid administrative leave which is standard protocol.

Barber said he was in his car ready to leave when a patrol vehicle blocked him in and he turned off his engine. He said he heard no commands and was shot as he got out of the car. Barber said he was not armed at the time and did not own a gun, despite the 911 caller saying he was armed with a gun and a knife.

No charges had been filed against Barber as of Tuesday morning.

Three separate and independent investigations have been launched into the shooting. The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department is conducting both a criminal and administrative investigation and the District Attorney's Office is conducting an independent review of the incident.


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