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Gun malfunction keeps fight from turning fatal
Michael Elliot
Michael Elliot

An altercation almost turned deadly Sunday when a man pulled the trigger on a gun he was pointing at another individual. Fortunately for that individual, the gun failed to fire.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday the Turlock Police Department received a report of fight happening in the parking lot of a bar in the 400 block of E. Main Street. The caller stated one man had brought out a pistol and pointed it at another man and appeared to have pulled the trigger, but nothing happened, according to the police report.

The suspect was described as a black male adult in his 20s.

The first officers to arrive found a man matching that of the gunman in the vicinity. The officers attempted to make contact with the man, but he took off running, according to the police report.

Officers chased after the suspect for about a block, where they were able to catch up to him and take him into custody.

“The yard that he ran through was searched and an unregistered, loaded pistol was located,” said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Russ Holeman.

The suspect was identified as Michael Elliot, 26.

The person Elliot allegedly tried to shoot was not located by the investigating officers.

Elliot was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest.