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Police pursuit ends with shootout

Suspect killed; officer injured

Police pursuit ends with shootout

Joseph Davis, 29, of Winton, was killed in shootout with Turlock Police.

POSTED July 29, 2012 3:32 p.m.


A pursuit of an armed man that began outside a Turlock motel Saturday morning ended a few miles away in Merced County with the suspect shot dead by Turlock Police officers after an allegedly attempted carjacking.

One Turlock Police officer was wounded in the leg during the incident. The officer, identified as Cpl. Dave Shaw, a nine-year veteran of the department, was treated at a local hospital and has been released, police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Webb said.

The suspect killed in the shootout was identified by the Merced County Coroner’s Office as Joseph Davis, 29, of Winton.

“No matter what unfolded yesterday we need to remember that there is family that has lost someone in a very tragic way,” said Turlock Police Chief Rob Jackson.

The Merced County Sheriff’s Department is conducting the investigation into the incident because the shooting occurred in their jurisdiction. The Turlock Police Department will be conducting an administrative investigation.

“Our investigation will focus on the officers’ actions, procedures and departmental protocol,” Jackson said.

Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin said Davis had a long criminal history, dating back to 2001 and had spent time in prison. At the time of the shooting he was on parole and the Turlock Police Department was working to have his parole revoked, Jackson said.

Davis’ prior offenses include convictions for burglary, auto theft and possession of narcotics, Pazin said.

The incident began around 6:30 a.m. Saturday when a Turlock Police officer spotted a Honda that had been involved in a pursuit with Turlock officers on Tuesday. The Honda was seen outside the Venice Motel at 1114 N. Golden State Blvd. A white male, later identified as Davis, was seen walking towards the Honda and as officers approached him, he began to run. As he was running he brandished a handgun at the officers, Webb said.

The man was able to get into the Honda and took off at a high speed headed westbound on Fulkerth Avenue.

With officers in pursuit after him, the suspect drove the Honda onto southbound Highway 99 and accelerated.

The pursuit continued for several miles to the Bradbury off ramp. As the Honda headed up the ramp, Davis was seen moving over to the passenger side. He jumped out of the Honda at the top of the ramp.

Davis ran to a truck that had pulled off to the side of the road. According to the police department, Davis shot into the truck and officers opened fire to protect the individual in the truck.

It’s unknown how many times Davis was hit. According to the police department he died at the scene.

“It’s unfortunate what happened, but you know pretty well you dictate how your life is going to come about, and this is exactly what he did,” Pazin said.

A weapon was recovered from the scene and is believed to have belonged to Davis, Pazin said.

Shaw was struck in the leg during the shooting. It’s unknown at this time if the bullet was fired by Davis or the other officers present at the scene. The injury to Shaw’s leg was described as a “through and through.”

“When I spoke to Cpl. Shaw at the hospital, the first thing he asked me about was how the other officers were doing,” Jackson said.

Turlock Police Chief Rob Jackson said Shaw is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.

The three other officers involved in the shooting — Sgt. Scott Ellis, Officer Queray McMihelk, and Officer Manpreet Kaur — have all been placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete, as per department policy. Ellis is an 11-year veteran of the Turlock Police Department and McMihelk and Kaur have been with the department five years each.

There were additional officers at the scene who did not fire their weapons.  All of those officers have been released back to work after they were interviewed by investigators, Webb said.

The Honda Davis was driving was later found to have been stolen.

Any witnesses to the incident are encouraged to contact Turlock Police Department at 668-5525, and Merced County Sheriff’s Department at 385-7444.

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