An attempt to sell a pair of tennis shoes on Craigslist ended with a shooting after the would-be buyers gave the sellers counterfeit cash, the Turlock Police Department reported.
The two men selling the tennis shoes realized they had been paid with phony money and attempted to recover the shoes, which is when the suspects shot at them, according to the police report.
The men were not struck by any of the gunfire.
As of press time the names of the two suspects and their charges were not released.
The report of the shooting led to a high speed chase on Highway 99 that ended with the two suspects being taken into custody at gunpoint, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.
The incident began shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday when a call came into the police department from a man reporting he was the victim of a fraud. The man stated he was selling a pair of tennis shoes on Craigslist and had agreed to meet the buyer at the Monte Vista Crossing shopping center to complete the transaction.
The seller and his friend met with the buyer and another man and were given cash for the shoes. The seller told the police the money didn’t quite appear legitimate and they took it into a nearby business to check if it was real. It wasn’t.
The sellers were able to track down the two men at the Starbucks, but when they approached them, the two men took off, Lewis said.
The sellers contacted the police department as they followed the suspect’s vehicle.
Around the same time the police department received a call from a woman reporting her car had just been stolen from the Monte Vista Crossings shopping center. The woman told officers that two men she knew had taken her car and abandoned her at the In and Out parking lot.
As an officer was getting her information a call came into police dispatch reporting a shooting.
The caller was the seller of the tennis shoes and he told dispatch that at least one of the two men in the vehicle they were following had just shot at them.
The seller provided dispatch with a description of the vehicle, which matched that of the one reported stolen by the woman at In and Out.
The shooting happened on Golden State Boulevard, Lewis said.
The victims continued to follow the suspects onto southbound Highway 99 but lost sight of them around Shanks Road in Delhi. However, by this time marked and unmarked police vehicles were also in the area looking for the suspects and they spotted them getting onto the highway, heading northbound.
Officers initiated a traffic stop, but the driver sped off, which led to a high speed pursuit on the freeway.
The pursuit came to an end at Collier Road where officers reported having stopped the vehicle and were detaining the two suspects at gunpoint.