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Deputy exchanges gunfire with robbery suspects

POSTED April 22, 2013 8:39 a.m.
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A shoot-out occurred between a Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputy and two robbery suspects late Sunday evening after a brief police chase from Modesto to Ceres.

The officer was not injured and both suspects were later taken into custody.

The pair of suspects crashed their car on the southbound Highway 99 Whitmore Avenue offramp where the short gun battle took place.

The incident started at 11:20 p.m. Sunday when Modesto Police Department broadcast a vehicle description of a vehicle used in one or more robberies in Modesto. A Sheriff's deputy spotted the vehicle near the intersection of Yosemite Boulevard and D Street in Modesto.

The deputy initiated a stop but the driver sped through Modesto and onto Highway 99 to Ceres. During the pursuit one or more of the suspects shot at the deputy several times. The driver took the Whitmore exit and was unable to make the curve under the overpass and crashed. A volley of gunfire ensued as the two suspects fled the vehicle.

Ceres police joined the pursuit with Modesto police and the California Highway Patrol. They launched an extensive search for both suspects. One of the suspects was found hiding on the west side of the freeway not far from where the vehicle crashed. The second suspect was found by Ceres Police SWAT unit.

More information will be published as soon as it is made available.



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