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Suspect shot and killed by Ceres police officer
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A man who had been brandishing a knife at family members was shot and killed by a Ceres police officer, the department reported on Friday.

The Ceres Police Department has not yet released the name of the deceased.

An officer did sustain a non-life-threatening injury during the incident, according to the Ceres Police Department.

At 11:40 a.m. on Friday, the Ceres Police Department dispatched officers to the 3400 block of Dirk Court for a report of a man brandishing a knife at family members.

The reporting party provided dispatch the name of the suspect and officers learned he had a warrant out for his arrest on multiple charges, including assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence. The charges stemmed from an incident handled by the Modesto Police Department.

As Ceres police officers arrived at the home the suspect fled by running through the yards of neighboring homes.

Additional resources were requested to assist in locating the suspect. A Modesto Police Department K9 officer arrived and began tracking the suspect. About 30 minutes after the initial call for service, the suspect was found hiding in a vehicle on a commercial property in the 3400 block of 6th Street.

The Ceres Police Department said that officers were attempting to take the suspect into custody when the officer-involved shooting occurred. Details about the shooting have not been released.

Officers at the scene immediately began life-saving measures, until medical personnel arrived and took over treatment. Ultimately the suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The officer that sustained a non-life-threatening injury was transported to a local hospital for treatment. No other officers or residents were injured.

Ceres Police Department detectives, administrative investigators, and the Stanislaus County District’s Attorney’s Office responded to the scene. It is standard for both a criminal and administrative investigation to be conducted at the same time when an officer-involved shooting occurs.

More details will be released in the near future.

If you have any information relevant to the investigation, please contact the Ceres Police Department at (209) 538-5712. If you would like to remain anonymous, you may contact Stanislaus County Area Crime stopper at 1-866-60-CRIME.