View Mobile Site

Text Size: Smaller Larger Normal

Officer injured, suspect shot in chase ending near Ceres

POSTED May 7, 2010 10:09 p.m.

A Modesto motorcycle patrolman was injured in a crash and a suspect was shot by another officer during a wild police chase Wednesday evening that started in Modesto and ended near Ceres.
The officer – his name was not released to the public – suffered minor injuries when his motorcycle was forced off the road minutes before the suspect was cornered on Herndon Avenue near Pecos Avenue in South Modesto.
The incident unfolded before 6:30 p.m., when a Modesto patrolman tried to pull over a white Ford pickup after its driver, Julio Munoz Jr., 22, was driving erratically in the Modesto Airport area of Tioga Drive and Empire Avenue. Munoz would not yield and the pursuit was on. A short time later the pickup spun around near Kerr and Tioga and was facing the officer’s vehicle. The officer jumped out of his car with weapon drawn and ordered Munoz out of the car. That’s when Munoz allegedly rammed the patrol vehicle and the officer shot at the suspect, striking him in the arm, according to Modesto Police Lt. Chris Fuzie.
Munoz sped off with the chase ending up on Yosemite Boulevard where Munoz collided with a Modesto motorcycle officer who joined in. The officer was treated for minor injuries and released Wednesday night.
The pursuit came into the Ceres area and ended in a driveway on Herndon after a Modesto police cruiser blocked the pickup from escaping. Munoz was taken out of the car at gunpoint. A gun had been recovered from the pickup.
The officer who shot Munoz was placed on administrative leave, which is standard police procedure, pending an investigation.
Munoz was treated for his wound and booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, felony possession of a firearm, felony evasion of an officer, felony hit-and-run and felony probation violation.
The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident.

Most Popular Articles

There are no articles at this time.
Commenting is not available.

Share on Facebook Bookmark and Share
Commenting not available.

Please wait ...