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Ceres police fatally shoot driver in chase
27-year-old shot at Imperial Avenue & Ustick Road
Shooting scene
The scene of Sunday morning's fatal shooting involving two Ceres Police officers. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

A multi-agency police investigation is underway following the shooting death of a driver who fled Ceres police during a pursuit early Sunday morning in south Modesto.

Killed in the incident was Nicholas Adam Pimentel, 27, of Modesto, according to his sister who spoke to the media. Pimentel was shot when the pursuit reportedly ended with a PIT maneuver at Imperial Avenue and Ustick Road.

The preliminary investigation revealed that on at approximately 1:08 a.m., a Ceres police officer was in pursuit of a Chevy pickup in the unincorporated area. About two minutes later officers radioed that they had been involved in a shooting with the driver struck by officers' gunfire.

Emergency personnel tended to the dying man and transported to a local hospital where he later died.

The two Ceres police officers involved in the shooting were not injured. Their names have not been released.

The shooting has prompted three separate and independent investigations. The Sheriff's department is conducting a criminal investigation while Ceres Police Department is handling an administrative investigation. The District Attorney's Office is conducting its own review as it does in all officer-involved shooting.

The last incident in which a Ceres Police officer fatally shot a suspect was in January 2016 when Albert Thompson, 28, reached for a hand torch while running from Ceres officers Justin Canatsy and Jesus Salinas at El Camino Avenue and Don Pedro Road.

Pimentel had been drinking before the incident, his sister, Summer Pimentel, told the Bee. Pimentel has a criminal history with a no contest plea to a misdemeanor DUI and obstructing or resisting an officer or emergency personnel in 2012.