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Dispute leads to shooting; one wounded

Suspect jumps into waiting arms of police

Dispute leads to shooting; one wounded

James Harris


POSTED June 27, 2009 5:07 p.m.
A Turlock man was charged with an attempted homicide after police say, he shot a man with whom he had been having an ongoing dispute.
The victim, a 39-year-old man, sustained one gunshot wound to his upper thigh. The wound was non-life threatening and the victim sought his own medical treatment, said Turlock Police Lt. Ron Reid.
The suspect, James “Jody” Harris, 36, was booked into Stanislaus County Jail on charges of attempted murder, being a felon in possession of a weapon, and resisting arrest. He is also awaiting trial on a previous arrest for petty theft with a prior, according to court records.
It is unknown what the dispute was about, but Reid said the two men were acquainted with one another and have had prior run-ins with each other.
The victim said he was walking to his apartment in the 1200 block of Pioneer Avenue around 1 a.m. Friday with a friend, when Harris came up behind them. The two men exchanged words and the victim turned away to leave. He said he then heard “a couple of pops.” He turned around again to face Harris and came to realize the popping sounds were gunshots and that he had been hit in his upper thigh.
Harris allegedly then told the victim to “move out of his neighborhood,” Reid said. Harris then ran northbound on Pioneer.
Turlock police officers were quickly made aware of the incident and set up a perimeter in the surrounding neighborhoods, Reid said.
Minutes later Harris was spotted walking through the Dutcher Middle School campus. Harris ignored orders to stay put and tried to flee the pursuing officers by jumping over a chainlink fence at E. Hawkeye Avenue, but landed right in the waiting arms of Sgt. Douglas Ravaglioli, Reid said.
Harris had to be treated for injuries he sustained to his hand before he was booked into jail. He remains in custody in lieu of a $250,000 bail.
The .25-caliber handgun used in the shooting was recovered, Reid said.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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